A service logging randomised, controlled healthcare trials is now available online.
Current Controlled Trials said the service is meant to help the clinical trial community avoid the confusion created because multiple trials might have the same title or be reported in different places under different names.
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The International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number (ISRCTN) Register is open to the public. Registration requires a small fee used for administrative costs of assigning the trial a number, but access to the register is free.
The register was launched publicly after a test program by the Medical Research Council and the co-ordinating committee for Cancer Research. It has already signed up 80 organisations and has more than 750 records in the online database.
The register is similar to the International Standard Book Number, or ISBN, given to every book that is published, and will identify trials and track the publications and reports that spring out of trials.
The register can be found at http://controlled-trials.com/.