What does a ‘trial status’ mean?

When you see your search results, you’ll notice that we tell you the status of each study.

Here’s what these terms may mean:

Not recruiting: this could mean that the study is not yet enrolling people, the study is already under way and new participants are not currently being enrolled or that the study is only recruiting specific patients that have taken part in an earlier part of the study.

Recruiting: this could mean that the study is currently seeking volunteers to take part in the study and enrolling those who are interested and suitable.

Completed: this indicates that the study has ended and participants are no longer being examined or treated.

Stopped: this suggests that the process of recruiting or enrolling participants has ended early (and it may or may not resume); or that the study itself has stopped early, before the first participant has enrolled.