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Medical News and Perspectives
November 9, 2005

Internet Seen as Clinical Research Tool

JAMA. 2005;294(18):2290-2291. doi:10.1001/jama.294.18.2290

As the Internet moves into the mainstream of daily living, the global information system also appears poised to become a vital tool of clinical research.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, recently published what they call the first rigorous randomized placebo-controlled, double-blinded trial conducted entirely via the Internet (Jacobs et al. Medicine (Baltimore). 2005;84:197-207). The study found that herbal extracts of kava and valerian, dietary supplements used in the self-management of anxiety and insomnia, respectively, did no better than placebo.

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