May 11, 2021

ClinicalTrials.gov Database Updated with Enhancements to Improve Usability

From the National Library of Medicine Tech Bulletin

2017-12-19_11-42-05Most of the features provided in the current release were previously available for public testing on the beta site starting in November (see New ClinicalTrials.gov Beta Version Available for Public Testing). This article highlights newly added key features, which were informed by research with end-users representing various stakeholder groups and the NLM partnership with 18F, a federal government digital services consultancy.

Information about future changes to ClinicalTrials.gov will be provided on a new What’s New page.

ClinicalTrials.gov is a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world operated by NLM. The database contains information on over 261,000 clinical studies and expanded access (or “compassionate use”) to investigational new drugs. Summary results entries for over 29,000 of these studies are also posted in a tabular format on ClinicalTrials.gov. Information listed on ClinicalTrials.gov is provided and updated by the study sponsor or investigator, and listing does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government.

What’s New

  • Updated Search on Homepage
  • Updated Modify Search on Results Page
  • In-Context Glossary Display
  • Results Submitted Tab
  • Updated Study Record Layout

The complete NLM post includes a look at each enhancement (with screenshots).

Direct to ClinicalTrials.gov

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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