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Recruiting to clinical trials: hospital or home?
  1. Phil Woodsford1,
  2. Tim Cheetham1,2
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
  2. 2Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
  1. Correspondence to Tim Cheetham, Newcastle University, c/o Old Children's Out Patient Department, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4LP, UK; tim.cheetham{at}

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There has been a major focus on research within the NHS in recent years and many health professionals are now familiar with recruiting patients into clinical trials. The Good Clinical Practiceframework has helped to ensure that this is undertaken in an appropriate manner with careful consideration of the patients' rights.

We are involved in an international multicentre study that has a double-blind design. The study involves taking trial drug or placebo for several years and hence represents a significant undertaking for the young person and their family. …

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