Clinical Trials Day 2017

Clinical Trials day is celebrated around the 19th of May every year.

Both Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Poole Hospital have events planned for the 23rd of May.

The libraries have also shown support by creating some displays.

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Stand up to Cancer – Friday 21st October

In 2012, Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK joined forces to launch Stand Up To Cancer in the UK, to accelerate life-saving cancer research. Led by the brightest stars in film, TV and music, it was the most successful charity fundraiser on UK commercial TV in its first year – ever.

Following on from that, the campaign has now raised over £23.8 million. The money raised so far has been spent funding clinical trials, which aim to improve survival rates and bring breakthroughs in labs to the patients who need them. Over 9,000 people have, or are about to benefit from these cutting edge trials, and this is still only the beginning.

Stand Up To Cancer is back this Autumn culminating in a live TV show on Channel 4 from 7pm on the 21st October

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Website of the month December! EU Clinical Trials Register

Do you need to know what work is being done in your field?  Find research in your area of interest with a quick and easy search at

EU clinical trials register

Results presented in summary form with links to detailed registry information including sponsorship, patient group, investigation network.

Similar trials information from USA at


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Time for Evaluation


I thought I would share with you my slides from a brief talk I provided recently entitled Introduction to Critical Appraisal

The slides define what is meant by critical appraisal of research and demonstrate how critical appraisal forms part of the evidence based practice process.

The use of toolkits and checklists such as those available from CASP and CEBM enable a systematic approach to be taken towards critical appraisal.

When you are short of time it may be best to identify a critically appraised topic or CAT from something like Clinical Evidence or Bandolier.  Or locate a systematic review using The Cochrane Library.

I was asked if there are any effective ways of searching Google to retrieve better quality results and I will prepare a separate post on this subject in the near future but would remind all staff that they have access to peer-reviewed content via ClinicalKey and UptoDate which are more reliable sources than results from Google.  Anothoer useful database which does not require a login is TRIP – See Mary’s Blog post back in 2010 for a brief overview.

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