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Control Clin Trials. 2002 Feb;23(1):74-9.

Implementing the EGASIS trial, an international multicenter acute intervention trial in stroke.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, University Hospital Maastricht, P.O. Box 5800, NL-6202 AZ Maastricht, The Netherlands.


This paper describes some of the problems that were encountered during implementation of the Early GABA-ergic Activation Study In Stroke (EGASIS), a large international multicenter clinical trial evaluating the neuroprotective effect of diazepam in acute stroke. The focus is on obtaining funding for such a large international nonprofit trial, getting approval from all national and local ethics committees, shipping trial medication, and trial insurance. For each topic the specific problems and ways in which they were solved are described. Several recommendations for facilitating the running of a large international multicenter clinical trial such as EGASIS are made.

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