[PNRNews] Award-Winning ClinicalTrials.gov! (fwd)
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Wed Jul 28 13:50:49 PDT 2004
National Institutes of Health's "ClinicalTrials.gov" Web Site Wins
Web site gives patients and families facing life-threatening illnesses
access to centralized information on clinical trials
(Bethesda, MD)-ClinicalTrials.gov, the Web site developed by the National
Library of Medicine (NLM) as an information service of the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS), was the recipient of Harvard University's prestigious
"Oscar" of government awards-the Innovations in American Government Award.
ClinicalTrials.gov, one of five winners of the award, will receive a
$100,000 grant to support its replication.
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson noted that ClinicalTrials.gov is a good
example of how government can improve access to vital health care
information for all Americans. "It is an important element in this
Administration's initiative to improve the health care system through the
application of advanced health information technology," Secretary Thompson
Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health,
added, "We are extremely proud of this resource. It is accessible to all
and written in a manner that patients can understand. The site tells the
public about the location of clinical trials, what they are trying to do,
where they are located and how any member of the public can volunteer to
participate. Even more, it links to additional information about diseases
and disorders. We are delighted by this recognition."
ClinicalTrials.gov grew out of 1997 legislation that required HHS to
broaden the public's access to information about clinical trials on a wide
range of serious or life-threatening diseases by establishing a registry
for both federally and privately funded trials
(<http://clinicaltrials.gov/>). ClinicalTrials.gov is a completely
confidential Web site. No registration or personal identification of any
kind is required. People who search the site are not contacted by the
sponsors of clinical trials or anyone else.
"Created in 2000, the Web site gives patients and families convenient
access to information on clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and
conditions," said Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., Director of the National
Library of Medicine. "If we are to continue to make the giant strides in
diagnosis, treatment, and cure of illness that marked the last century, we
must have the participation in clinical trials by well-informed
Alexa T. McCray, Ph.D., who directs the ClinicalTrials.gov project,
remarked, "Most gratifying to us has been the reaction of our users. Our
primary, overriding goal is to provide patients, their families, and other
interested individuals with high-quality, reliable health information."
Traffic on the site is one measure of its value. Since its inception, the
site has logged more than 75 million hits. During the last two years,
daily visitors to the site have more than doubled from 7,130 to 16,055. In
February 2000, ClinicalTrials.gov included about 4,400 trials. Today, that
number has more than doubled to 11,000.
The Innovations in American Government Awards is a program of the Ash
Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's
Kennedy School of Government. The award is administered in partnership
with the Council for Excellence in Government.
Located in Bethesda, Maryland, the National Library of Medicine, the
world's largest library of the health sciences, is a component of the
National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.
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