MRCT: Frequently asked questions
What is the mRCT?
Is access to the mRCT free?
What does an mRCT record contain?
Is the mRCT a complete record of trials around the world?
How often is the information in the mRCT updated?
Do mRCT records include trial results?
Do I need to have scientific knowledge to use the mRCT?
I would like to take part in a trial. Can I use the mRCT to find a relevant trial to enrol in?
I would like to pool trial records into the mRCT. How can I do this?
I need to register my trial in a publicly-accessible database. Can I register my trial in the mRCT?
Q. What is the mRCT?
A. The mRCT pools together several international trial sources such as the ISRCTN Register and ClinicalTrials.gov. The mRCT is owned and managed by Current Controlled Trials Ltd, part of Springer Science+Business Media.
Q. Is access to the mRCT free?
A. The content of the mRCT is freely available to all users online. There is a hosting fee for organisations that wish to have customised registers/subsets displayed in the mRCT.
Q. What does an mRCT record contain?
A. A trial record in the mRCT contains information available in the source register.
Q. Is the mRCT a complete picture of trials around the world?
A. The mRCT brings together the ISRCTN Register and randomised controlled trials included in ClinicalTrials.gov. There are other trial sources (see the Links section).
Q. How often is the information in the mRCT updated?
A. ISRCTN Register and ClinicalTrials.gov data are refreshed daily. Other views are refreshed on a monthly basis or at an agreed frequency. All trial records viewed via the mRCT will have a Date last refreshed field in the mRCT record.
Q.Do m RCT records include trial results?
A. They will include references to resulting publications if the original sources list them. If no details are available, you could ask the person listed as the contact in the 'Further Information' section at the end of each trial record. You may also search the literature database PubMed and/or the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) in the Cochrane Library.
Q. Do I need to have scientific knowledge to use the mRCT?
A. Original sources may include lay-friendly information sections or a link to patient information material (designed to explain the trial to the participant) but this is not compulsory. If the record does not include lay-friendly information, the named contact for the trial should be able to provide this information.
Q. I would like to take part in a trial. Can I use the mRCT to find a relevant trial to enrol in?
A. The mRCT is a source of information only. The information in the site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The information should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider. Users of the site are advised to consult a health care provider with any questions or concerns about their condition. See Terms and Conditions for further details.
Q. I would like to pool trial records into the mRCT. How can I do this?
Q. I need to register my trial in a publicly-accessible database. Can I register my trial in the mRCT?
A. Please contact the CCT Editorial Team for more details on how to create an mRCT subset.
A. No, the mRCT is a pooling platform only. If you would like to register an individual trial according to WHO ICTRP/ICMJE guidelines, then please visit the ISRCTN Register, managed by Current Controlled Trials Ltd
If you have any further questions, please contact the CCT Editorial Team
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