Seven medical centers around the country will create the first electronic network to pool information about HIV care in practice, as opposed to in clinical trials, to help determine the best therapies for patients. Extrapolating findings from clinical trials to individual patients can be difficult. One reason is that there are restrictions on the kinds of other ailments that participants in the trials can have. A second is that such trials are usually conducted on a short-term basis -- weeks or months. Doctors say that while short-term information is crucial for starting therapy, they need more data about the long-term benefits and dangers of such treatments.
Electronic network to track HIV care
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