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The fascinating history of clinical trials

From the June 3, 2020 article at The Conversation

“Clinical trials are under way around the world, including in Australia, testing COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.

These clinical trials largely fall into two groups. With observational studies, researchers follow a group of people to see what happens to them. With experimental studies, people are assigned to treatments, then followed. 

These study designs have come about from centuries of people trying out different ways of treating people.

Here are some of the key moments in the history of clinical trials that led to the type of trials we see today for COVID-19.”

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for examples as ginseng in China, rhubarb in 18th century England, Early 20th-century randomised trial, and tuberculosis and the randomised controlled trial

Additional resources and reading

Randomised control trials: what makes them the gold standard in medical research?

–From the research lab to your doctor’s office – here’s what happens in phase 1, 2, 3 drug trials

Health Check: can vitamins supplement a poor diet?

ClinicalTrials.gov – a searchable database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world.

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