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Last summer, June 25-27, 1995, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) sponsored a workshop in Bethesda, Md, on training clinical researchers. The Institute convened the workshop on the advice of its (now disbanded) National Advisory Board. The workshop's purpose was to assess the training of clinical researchers in rheumatology, orthopedics, bone endocrinology, and dermatology and to develop a strategy for improving support for personnel and training programs involved with training clinical investigators.
For the purposes of the workshop, the Research Committee of the National Advisory Board chose the following definition of clinical research:
• Clinical research comprises clinical investigations and clinical trials.
• Clinical investigations are research projects in which the investigator directly interacts with patients to study normal and abnormal physiology; the accuracy of diagnostic tests; the frequency, etiology, and consequences of disease; and the efficacy and risks of therapeutic and preventive interventions.
DiGiovanna JJ, Eaglstein WH. Report of the Workshop on Training Clinical Researchers in Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(2):241-242. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890380115021