By Dawn Richards of Clinical Trials Ontario
Are you looking for a clinical trial but not sure how to start or where to go? A new Clinical Trials Finder at http://trial-finder.ctontario.ca has been developed by Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) to help you. You can search for a clinical trial in any province or territory in Canada, using only a few simple search terms. Information about clinical trials is presented in a logical, straightforward manner*. Using the Clinical Trials Finder, you can print information about a specific clinical trial or find contact information for the trial so that you can reach out to learn more.
The Clinical Trials Finder was developed because people like you who are interested in clinical trials told us that they didn't know a simple way to find a clinical trial. The tool is simple and user-friendly, taking inspiration from resources already available, such as useful search options and a welcoming design. Most importantly, we listened to and incorporated input and feedback provided to us by patients, patient organizations and health charities. The Canadian Breast Cancer Network is one of the organizations that provided valuable insights to CTO.
Helpful tip! The Clinical Trials Finder has been developed to live on other websites as well including CBCN’s. Check it out here.
Other CTO resources for patients
CTO supports the engagement of patients and the public with clinical trials. On the patients and public section of our website, you can find general information about clinical trials that might help you decide whether or not to participate in a clinical trial and whether a particular clinical trial is right for you. CTO is a not-for-profit organization whose role is to help improve the clinical trials environment in Ontario. We work with patients and the public, health charities and patient organizations, researchers, industry, and others to achieve this.
*Source: Clinicaltrials.gov. CTO has not verified the completeness or accuracy of the data.