Does South Africa Need a National Clinical Trials Support Unit?(Original Articles) (Report)

Does South Africa Need a National Clinical Trials Support Unit?(Original Articles) (Report)

The randomised controlled trial (RCT) is the gold standard for evaluating the effects of health care interventions. (1) Therefore, South African health policy and clinical guidelines should be based on well-conducted RCTs that ideally are conducted within the country to ensure local applicability. Conducting RCTs in South Africa faces numerous obstacles. Specialist training in the universities traditionally focuses on clinical experience and skills accrual, and lacks a research focus. Downscaled tertiary service units struggle to remain academically active, (2) reducing the opportunities for local clinicians to acquire the epidemiological and statistical skills for conducting RCTs. Health professionals interested in clinical research may have to migrate to develop these skills. Opportunities to then practise those skills may only exist overseas, contributing to the professional brain drain. (3)

Does South Africa Need a National Clinical Trials Support Unit?(Original Articles) (Report)



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