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BioMed Central (BMC) invited Sam Hamilton (Chair, http://www.core-reference.org) to write a Guest Blog ‘Safeguarding the privacy of clinical trial patients’. This clear and nontechnical article shows patients, doctors and researchers how this important topic relates to them. Please share this with your colleagues, and also outside your professional circles. Patients and the public generally should also understand the wider implications.

Safeguarding the privacy of clinical trial patients

I am a freelance medical writer providing a range of writing services, primarily to the pharmaceutical industry. I am a post-doctoral virologist working in clinical research since 1994, and specialising in regulatory medical writing from 1999. In my last salaried position (to September 2006), I managed UK Medical Writing for the world’s fifth largest Contract Research Organisation.

I have contributed widely to the official publications (The Write Stuff and Medical Writing [journal]) of the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA). I post my articles on my blog, primarily to disseminate the information to a wider audience, and to hopefully generate some stimulating debate. If you have anything to share, I would love to hear from you.

If you like what you read, and require the services of a highly motivated, experienced and diligent medical writer, then please contact me through my website: http://www.samhamiltonmwservices.co.uk

Sam Hamilton, PhD.