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The Trial Management Tool: a tool to help researchers manage randomised controlled trials


For a trial to be successful, it has to be well managed. A tool to support this, the Trial Management Tool, has been developed as part of the EC Framework 6 SUPPORT project ( (EC contract 031939). This tool packages a wide range of practical information about managing trials in low and middle-income countries into a single software tool. One particularly valuable feature of the tool is that it provides practical examples giving advice and tips based on the huge experience of running trials available within the SUPPORT consortium. These examples are sometimes text but we also provide audio and video clips of SUPPORT members and others speaking about issues based on their own trial experience.

The help you need in a single package

The Trial Management Tool was developed along the lines of a Help system, which means that the tool has a familiar interface, is searchable and can contain the full spectrum of electronic document formats. The Trial Management Tool is platform-independent, which means that the tool can be used with any modern browser running on, for example, Windows, Mac OS X or Linux. A screenshot of the web-version of the Trial Management Tool running in Mac OS X is shown here.

The Trial Management Tool is available in both English and Spanish. Moreover results from other parts of the SUPPORT project have been integrated with the Trial Management Tool so that users can use the tool as a type of portal to the whole range of SUPPORT’s tools and results.

To download the trial management tool, click the link in the top right hand corner of the screen.


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  1. 1. Treweek S, Abalos E, Campbell M, Ramsay C, McKormack K, Zwarenstein M. The Trial Protocol Tool: the PRACTIHC software tool that supported the writing of protocols for pragmatic randomized controlled trials. J Clinical Epidemiology 2006; 59: 1127-1133.

  • GHN_Editors The Editorial Team 10 Apr 2014

    Hi Alexandre, the tool is available by going to the top-right hand corner of the resources page, where it says 'other resources'. If you then click 'Trial protocol tool' you'll be taken to that tool.

  • amanirak amanirak 7 Apr 2014

    This tool is no longer available, or,...!

  • wellao WELLINGTON OYIBO 3 Jul 2013

    Great! Interesting tool.

  • dralinn ALI Innocent 17 Nov 2011

    This is a very interesting tool. very resourceful. Thanks for sharing.

  • streweek Shaun Treweek 9 Sep 2010

    Glad you like the tool. This tool was developed in a an EC project and we were funded to translate it into Spanish. We also have a Spanish version of the Trial Management Tool, which I'll send to Trudie to put up on the site.

  • hsosa hsosa 16 Aug 2010

    This looks like a very helpful tool that I am sure we shall be making use of. Very good to see it in Spanish so well done for that. Is the rest of the site going to be translated and what about other languages?