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Making it less of a trial to find important medical evidence: Faculty of 1000 launch F1000Trials
Date:8/6/2013

As randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews in healthcare have grown in their number and influence, there is an increasing need to identify those studies which should change how physicians treat their patients and those which should not. F1000Trials extends the widely-recognized system of peer-nominated experts identifying great research in biology and medicine pioneered by F1000Prime. In F1000Trials, the F1000 Faculty Members provide expert assessment of newly published trial articles and write short reviews, recommending the most noteworthy by assigning star ratings and highlighting those which change clinical practice.

Faculty of 1000 Managing Director Anne Greenwood said: "There is an increasing amount of information about clinical trials being shared online but it can be difficult to search, compare, and understand. F1000Trials will help many different users of the medical literature - including practicing clinicians, clinical researchers, health policy makers, librarians, pharmacists, regulators, patient organizations and the pharmaceutical industry to easily find out which clinical trials matter most and where all the key publications can be found."

Clinical trials can produce numerous publications about the same trial, scattered and disconnected across different journals and databases. F1000Trials makes it easier to find clinical trials by providing links to all publications known about a particular trial that are included in the largest bibliographic life science database, PubMed. Links to trial registration databases are also included, helping to create an electronic "threaded publication trail" about clinical trials.

Prof Peter Sandercock, University of Edinburgh, said: "I'm delighted that F1000 will, by linking and alerting us to new trial publications, contribute to greater transparency and efficiency in reporting and disseminating results of trials. This al
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Contact: Iain Hrynaszkiewicz
press@f1000.com
44-020-707-94888
Faculty of 1000
Source:Eurekalert

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