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COVID-19 trial protocols

Research into COVID-19 is exploding, as it needs to, and this includes randomised trials.  Between 23rd of January and 8th March 2020 there were 382 registered COVID-19 trials. Almost all of those were in China but the virus is now global and trials will move with it.

Researchers need to know about these trials, and they need to know quickly.  

Trials are therefore implementing a new, simplified process for handling COVID-19 trial protocols which is must faster and much simpler for authors. Please visit for more information.

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  1. Primary Objective

    Authors: Ruanne V. Barnabas, Elizabeth Brown, Anna Bershteyn, R. Scott Miller, Mark Wener, Connie Celum, Anna Wald, Helen Chu, David Wesche and Jared M. Baeten
    Citation: Trials 2020 21:475
  2. SARS-CoV-2 infection presents a high transmission in the group of health professionals in Spain (12-15% infected). Currently there is no accepted chemoprophylaxis but hydroxychloroquine (HDQ) is known to inhib...

    Authors: Antonio Cuadrado-Lavín, José Manuel Olmos, José Manuel Cifrian, Teresa Gimenez, Marco Antonio Gandarillas, Mar García-Saiz, Maria Henar Rebollo, Victor Martínez-Taboada, Marcos López-Hoyos, María Carmen Fariñas and Javier Crespo
    Citation: Trials 2020 21:472
  3. SARS-CoV2 infection leads to a concomitant pulmonary inflammation. This inflammation is supposed to be the main driver in the pathogenesis of lung failure (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) in COVID-19. Obj...

    Authors: Jonathan Rilinger, Winfried V. Kern, Daniel Duerschmied, Alexander Supady, Christoph Bode, Dawid L. Staudacher and Tobias Wengenmayer
    Citation: Trials 2020 21:470
  4. Entertainment-education (E-E) media can improve behavioral intent toward health-related practices. In the era of COVID-19, millions of people can be reached by E-E media without requiring any physical contact....

    Authors: Alain Vandormael, Maya Adam, Merlin Greuel and Till Bärnighausen
    Citation: Trials 2020 21:469

    The Update to this article has been published in Trials 2020 21:1025

  5. The purpose of this study is to test the safety and effectiveness of individually or simultaneously blocking IL-6, IL-6 receptor and IL-1 versus standard of care on blood oxygenation and systemic cytokine rele...

    Authors: Bastiaan Maes, Cedric Bosteels, Elisabeth De Leeuw, Jozefien Declercq, Karel Van Damme, Anja Delporte, Bénédicte Demeyere, Stéfanie Vermeersch, Marnik Vuylsteke, Joren Willaert, Laura Bollé, Yuri Vanbiervliet, Jana Decuypere, Frederick Libeer, Stefaan Vandecasteele, Isabelle Peene…
    Citation: Trials 2020 21:468

    The Correction to this article has been published in Trials 2020 21:556

  6. Comparison of the effect of hydroxychloroquine with placebo to prevent infection from the COVID -19 virus among healthcare professionals

    Authors: Reihaneh Pirjani, Tahereh Soori, Ahmad Reza Dehpour, Mahdi Sepidarkish, Ashraf Moini, Arshia Shizarpour and Razieh Mohammad Jafari
    Citation: Trials 2020 21:467
  7. The primary objective of the study is to assess the safety of a single intravenous infusion of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (MSCs) in patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) due to COVID-19. Seco...

    Authors: Ellen Gorman, Manu Shankar-Hari, Phil Hopkins, William S. Tunnicliffe, Gavin D. Perkins, Jonathan Silversides, Peter McGuigan, Colette Jackson, Roisin Boyle, Jamie McFerran, Cliona McDowell, Christina Campbell, Margaret McFarland, Jon Smythe, Jacqui Thompson, Barry Williams…
    Citation: Trials 2020 21:462

    The Study protocol to this article has been published in Trials 2022 23:401

  8. Authors: Eoin Feeney, Deborah Wallace, Aoife Cotter, Willard Tinago, Cormac McCarthy, David Keane, Rabia Hussain, Elena Alvarez Barco, Peter Doran and Patrick Mallon
    Citation: Trials 2020 21:430
  9. Efficacy of conventional treatment plus the complementary therapy Liu-zi-jue (a mind-body exercise) to treat patients with mild COVID-19.

    Authors: Shuaipan Zhang, Zhizhen Lv, Qingguang Zhu, Wuquan Sun, Fei Yao, Lei Fang, Yanbin Cheng, Zhiwei Wu and Min Fang
    Citation: Trials 2020 21:416
  10. This study aims to assess the effectiveness of delivering Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) through telecommunication with a group of adolescents who present anxiety symptoms during the COVID-19 outbreak. ...

    Authors: Shitao Chen
    Citation: Trials 2020 21:402