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The future of clinical trials 

The future of clinical trials

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The future of clinical trials
Author(s):

Perry Nisen

and Patrick Vallance

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.020304
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date: 23 August 2017

Clinical trials are the bedrock of evidence-based medicine. Introduced in the mid 20th century, they heralded a move away from opinion and anecdote to a more scientific evaluation of new treatments. Indeed, it could be argued that it is the clinical trial and the application of scientific method to determine which treatments work that distinguishes ‘medicine’ from ‘alternative medicine’. The aim of this short section is to outline the way in which clinical trials are likely to evolve over the next few years....

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