Clinical trials may benefit clinical practice in three ways: firstly, clinicians may change their practice according to the new trial evidence; secondly, clinical processes can improve when working on a trial; and thirdly, research capacity is increased. We held a meeting to present and discuss the results of two large multicentre randomized controlled trials delivered through the U.K. Dermatology Clinical Trials Network. Investigators gave reflections on how the trials had changed their clinical practice. The STOP GAP trial showed that prednisolone and ciclosporin are equally effective as first-line systemic treatment for pyoderma gangrenosum. The final decision of which treatment to use should be based on the different adverse event profiles of the two drugs in relation to comorbidities, along with age, disease severity and patient preference. The BLISTER trial showed that starting people with pemphigoid on doxycycline produces acceptable short-term effectiveness and a superior safety profile to oral corticosteroids. Recruiting to these trials has led to the development of new specialist clinics with improved documentation. It has increased the profile of participating departments and embedded research in the department's activities. Helping to design and run these trials has also allowed trial staff to develop new skills in research design, which has been beneficial for career development. These and other benefits of recruiting to the trials are summarized here. We hope that these reflections will inspire wider involvement in clinical research.
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