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ECRAN, multilingual information tools on clinical trials for patients and citizens

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Providing simple and independent information to patients in clinical trials is sometimes a difficult task for the investigators. The European Commission funded in 2012 the ECRAN project - European Communication on Research Awareness Needs, - to improve the EU citizens’ knowledge about medical research, and to support their participation in independent and multinational clinical trials. Although some information material already existed, an initiative that specifically promotes, with different methods, independent information on clinical research was still missing, in particular at the European level. The ECRAN project therefore developed communication material and tools, including an animated film freely available, dubbed in 23 languages, and a website in six language, with some parts in 23 languages. All the tools were designed to be simple and easy.

We invite you to visit the website There is a direct link to the animation movie in English language (
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Catherine McIlwain
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HIFA profile: Catherine McIlwain is Cochrane Consumer Co-ordinator at The Cochrane Collaboration, Oxford, UK. CMcIlwain AT
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