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Improve usability of clinicaltrials.gov: The National Institutes of Health website to search for clinical trials is undergoing a series of changes focused on improving the ability to search, display, and review information about clinical trials.

The plan is for the most significant set of changes to be available on ClinicalTrials.gov in September 2017.

ClinicalTrials.gov has undergone a series of changes focused on improving the ability to search, display, and review information about clinical research studies registered with the site. This article highlights information about the first of these efforts — the transition to the design and features available on the current version of the beta site. Additional designs and features will be evaluated on a new version of the beta site over the next few months. Changes will be introduced on ClinicalTrials.gov as they are ready, following testing and validation. It is anticipated that the most significant set of changes will be available on ClinicalTrials.gov in September 2017. More information will be provided in future NLM Technical Bulletin notices.

ClinicalTrials.gov is a Web-based resource from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). It provides patients, family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with access to information about clinical studies on a wide range of diseases, as well as information on the availability of experimental drugs by expanded access (or “compassionate use”). This information is provided and updated by the study sponsor or investigator. Listing of a study on ClinicalTrials.gov does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). ClinicalTrials.gov enables visitors to search for studies by disease or condition; drug, device, or other interventions (e.g., medical procedure); recruitment status; study location; and many other study characteristics. As of May 25, 2017, ClinicalTrials.gov lists information about 245,500 clinical studies and expanded access in all 50 states and 200 countries.

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