Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a particular type of clinical research that compares one treatment with another.

An NHS OpenAthens username and password is required to access those databases marked with an asterisk(*).

Current Controlled Trials

Current Controlled Trials allows users to search, register and share information about randomised controlled trials.


PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database. PEDro is a free database of over 24,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.


OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and other resources relevant to occupational therapy interventions.

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a set of databases of high quality evidence on the effects of healthcare interventions and treatments.  The Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) database is a searchable register of controlled trials.

If you need help using any of these resources please contact your local library.