Balkan Clinical Research Registry: Established by Academy of Medical Sciences of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Izet Masic, Slobodan M. Jankovic, Asim Kurjak, Doncho M. Donev, Muharem Zildzic, Osman Sinanovic, Izet Hozo, Snjezana Milicevic, Sefik Hasukic, Emir Mujanovic, Kenan Arnautovic, Senaid Trnacevic, Enisa Mesic, Mirza Biscevic, Mustafa Sefic, Vjekoslav Gerc, Abdulah Kucukalic, Zlatko Hrgovic, Jacob Bergsland, Mirko Grujic.
Background: From 2013 the World Medical Associations Declaration of Helsinki explicitly requires pre-registration of a study involving human subjects. The registration gives a chance for improvement of design and avoidance of bias. Objective: The aim of this article was to describe process of bearing decision to create regional registry of clinical studies for Balkan countries. Methods: After finding relevant studies about research registries and designing the concept and structure of future regional registry an article was published in IJBH journal. The article was than used as basis for discussion at 2020 meeting of Academy of Medical Sciences of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AMSBH), and final decision was made by the Academy to create the research registry. Results: Regional registry of clinical studies will be under the auspices of AMSBH and web-based, with the option of online registration of new studies. The data required to be entered in the moment of registration relate to key elements of research plan: topic, variables, sample, type of the study and the study population. After applying for registration of a clinical study, the authors will soon receive the review made by the AMSBH expert committee. The application could be accepted, rejected or returned for major or minor revision. After an application is accepted, it will be deposited in the searchable database and given the registration number. Conclusion: The AMSBHs decision to create the regional registry of clinical studies will satisfy needs of researchers from Balkan countries in the first place, who share cultural and lingual similarities. It will also help with increasing standards of clinical research in the region.
Key words: Clinical study, Registry, Risk of bias, Transparency.