ClinicalTrials.gov, the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Web-based registry and results database of clinical research studies, has a new look and new content. Launched in 2000, the site has not had a major redesign since 2007.
Visitors to the beta site will find new style and content from the homepage, to conducting a search, to general navigation of the site.
The redesigned homepage features a new menu bar and users can access trends, charts and maps for statistical information, as well as information on clinical alerts and advisories. Site visitors can use the new menu bar from any page on the site to access five areas of content on the site. For researchers there is a section for managing study records with information on how to register and submit results.
Figure 1: New ClinicalTrials.gov homepage.
Search results have more features for identifying study and participant details, study identifiers, and study dates.
Figure 2: The search results list display options.
Even the study record has been updated and enhanced. Study sponsor and collaborator information plus prominent dates regarding the history of the study record are summarized at the top of the page.
Figure 3: Full text view of a study record.
For complete coverage of the changes please visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.
Stay current with all updates and enhancements to your favorite NLM tools and resources at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/stay_current.html.
[Dana Abbey, Health Information Literacy Coordinator]