Access to StudyFinder, the online database of clinical studies, increases patient participation in research studies, recent tests report. The database allows users to search available studies by keyword, condition, or treatment and organizes studies under patient-accessible headings. Since the results of the University of Minnesota Medical Center trial were announced, 2 other universities have moved to adapt the database for use in their own institutions.
Developed with funding by the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award, StudyFinder displays data on active clinical studies conducted through the University of Minnesota. Study information is extracted from ClinicalTrials.gov and augmented with university data from the OnCore clinical trials management system. Researchers can also update their study description and relevant contact information.
StudyFinder users can search by specific term or treatment or browse all current research, finding studies listed within 18 categories. Designed to be accessible to patients, research categories carry nontechnical labels, such as “women’s health,” “cancer,” or “diabetes and hormones.” Searches of specific terms can also be filtered, allowing users to narrow results to studies that, for instance, focus on children rather than adults.
Access at the new center
StudyFinder will be accessible throughout the new University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center. Each level of the center provides interactive tablets featuring prominent links to the online database. Patients interacting with the tablets will be able to tap into information on clinical studies, many of which may be conducted by clinician researchers working in the center. StudyFinder allows users to forward information on a study or email investigators directly. Research coordinators are also available at the center to provide additional information to interested patients.
StudyFinder was developed with the support of the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute. StudyFinder is available at studyfinder.umn.edu.
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