International Clinical Trails Day 2013

Each year, International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world on or near the 20 May to commemorate the day that James Lind started his famous trial.

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Scurvy was a deadly disease in 1700s and there were different ideas about treatment. Whilst serving on the HMS Salisbury in 1747, Lind compared six remedies and uncovered the link between citrus fruits in the diet and prevention of scurvy. Thanks to Lind, carefully regulated clinical trials are currently the most effective way to establish which new treatments are beneficial for human health.

The International Clinical Trials Day provides a focal point to raise awareness of the importance of research to health care, and highlights how a partnerships between patients and practitioners are essential for high-quality, relevant research.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a campaign called It’s OK to Ask, encouraging patients to ask questions that will help to keep research at the top of the NHS agenda. Have a look at the NIHR website or in their newsroom for further information on this important event.

Your libraries in Poole and Bournemouth Hospitals can support you in any research that you are undertaking, with both literature searching or obtaining the key papers that you need. Why not contact us today!

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