Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
Introduction to Good Clinical Practices (ITGCP) is a video course and text, which includes 3 hours and 20 minutes of videos and a 160-page workbook, produced by the Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital Office of Clinical Trials. The purchase price is $1500 but special terms are available for tax-exempt and not-for-profit organizations.
Appropriately, the cover illustration is "The Doctor's Office" by Norman Rockwell. However, "good clinical practices" means much more than practicing good clinical medicine, as it refers to the rules and regulations that are used in trials and approval of new drugs and medical devices. Our medical schools should place this course in the first-year curriculum and repeat it prior to graduation! Most medical students and certainly all residents are exposed to clinical trials in their training, and the basic tenets of good clinical practices should be engrained early in their educational process. The understanding and meaning of informed consent is important in the development of a physician and applies not only to patients in clinical trials but to all patient-physician relationships.
Clinical TrialsIntroduction to Good Clinical Practices. JAMA. 2000;283(4):539. doi:10.1001/jama.283.4.539-JBK0126-3-1