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Clinical Trials and Therapeutic Approaches for Healthcare Challenges in Pakistan

Ahmed, Aamir; Williams, Norman R; (2023) Clinical Trials and Therapeutic Approaches for Healthcare Challenges in Pakistan. Journal of Personalized Medicine , 13 (11) p. 1559. 10.3390/jpm13111559. Green open access

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Abstract

Pakistan faces tremendous challenges in providing healthcare due to a lack of consistent policymaking, increasing expenditure and exponential growth in population since its inception in 1947. These challenges are not just driven by politics, policy and allocation of resources but also by healthcare, environment and characteristics of the population biology. Clinical trials provide the best way to find population-specific, cost-effective treatments that do not merely mimic those used in wealthier nations. This article analyzes all clinical studies conducted with at least one site in Pakistan listed on ClinicalTrials.gov, combined with a short overview that considers new therapeutic approaches that can be investigated in future clinical trials. Therapies using repurposed medicines are of particular interest as they use affordable drugs that are already widely available.

Type: Article
Title: Clinical Trials and Therapeutic Approaches for Healthcare Challenges in Pakistan
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/jpm13111559
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm13111559
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright: © 2023 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/)
Keywords: Pakistan; healthcare costs; health facilities
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Targeted Intervention
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10180716
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