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Better health and prosperity in Europe via improved clinical research
Date:3/12/2009

agnostic or therapeutic interventions, surgical therapies or novel indications for registered drugs. IDCT thus have a much broader scope and potential impact than industry-driven clinical trials.

In order to tackle these problems faced by researchers conducting IDCT a thorough analysis of the issues was carried out through a series of five workshops covering different themes and attended by active and acknowledged experts in the field. A total of 26 recommendations emerged addressing needs and solutions, the top five of which are the following:

  1. To improve the education, training and career structure and opportunities for scientists involved in patient-oriented clinical research.
  2. To increase levels of funding for IDCT.
  3. To adopt a 'risk-based' approach to the regulation of IDCT.
  4. To streamline procedures for obtaining authorization for IDCT.
  5. To ensure that IDCT are carried out with an appropriate number of patients to produce statistically reliable results so that the trials are 'correctly powered'.

"We hope that these outcomes will be the beginning of interactive discussions between the stakeholders and generate strategic planning and implementation of the recommendations so that better IDCT and clinical research will improve patient care and health in Europe and worldwide" said Dr. Carole Moquin-Pattey. Europe needs to listen and implement the recommendations, which are urgently required given that clinical research in Europe is under severe pressure.


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Contact: Sofia Valleley
svalleley@esf.org
0033-674-609-687
European Science Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

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