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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 143-147

Overview of Ayurveda trials registered with Clinical Trial Registry-India: Need for customized data set items

1 ICMR-National Institute of Medical Statistics, New Delhi, India
2 Central Council for Research Ayurvedic Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 CTRI, ICMR-NIMS, New Delhi, India

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Atul Juneja
ICMR-National Institute of Medical Statistics, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi - 110 029
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ayu.ayu_375_21

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Background: Lack of research data is one of the major challenges identified in traditional medicine (TM). Further, there is an urgent need to strengthen and streamline clinical research processes as well as develop research databases in TM. The Clinical Trials Registry-India (CTRI), a free, online primary register of the WHO's International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, undertakes registration of all clinical trials being conducted in India, including TM trials. However, as the CTRI data set items are primarily designed to capture information of interventional trials of the conventional system of medicine, key fields relevant to the TM system are not adequately captured in the CTRI. Aims and Objectives: The current study was conceptualized with the objective to review the type and quality of trials registered in the CTRI as well as identify the specific data set items in CTRI which may be customized as per Ayurveda studies. Materials and methods: The trials registered from July 1, 2018, to March 31, 2020, were analyzed to decipher the kind of research being undertaken in the field of Ayurveda. These trials were manually reviewed independently by two Ayurveda reviewers to gain insights into the discrepancies. Along with these analysis, brainstorming sessions with Ayurveda experts were also held. Results: The fields which were identified and need tweaking and customization were the fields “health condition” and “intervention/comparator agent.” Conclusions: These modifications in the CTRI would enable the capture of more effective Ayurveda-specific information which would in turn help to standardize and streamline research practices as well as raise the standard of research.

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