In this post, we will introduce clinicaltrialsdata.org platform, the problem it solves and the alternatives as of now.
Clinical trials are executed across the globe and several trial registries, including primary registries (as classified by WHO in their registry network), exist today. If one has a need for looking at trials in a specific area of interest, at present, the only options are searching on google and visiting each one of the registries where a trial may exist and manually curating the content from them. This process is tedious, error prone not to mention frustrating.
clinicaltrialsdata.org aims to collect data from all trial registries across the globe. There have been very few attempts before this – opentrials.netis one of the most recent work. clinicaltrialsdata.org took a fresh look at this problem and tried to address in a native-cloud, on-demand, API-driven manner.
clinicaltrialsdata.org aims to provide below features :
- access to all trials registered anywhere. ex:trials registered in clinicaltrials.gov can be accessed here.
- full text search on registry records. ex: if you are searching for a topic, say ballon sinoplasty, try this search. (NOTE: Search results can be bookmarked to quickly look at updates.)
- discover additional information about a trial ex: a trial may be registered in 3 trial registries globally where it is assigned different ids along with several other internal/external ids. Here’s an example.
- compare two trials using their registry ids
- analysis of trials ex: try the geo-visualizaton of trial counts across countries here and
- learning from previous trial’s design and their outcomes.
These features are aimed to help avoid inefficiencies in trial selection, design and execution which might eventually lead to redundant and/or failed trials wasting – money, resources, time and effort.
NOTE: Please honor the data usage policies as prescribed by source registry sites.