Training, Standardization Viewed as Best Ways to Surmount Patient Recruitment Hurdles

New Survey Shows Patient Recruitment Challenges Continue to Plague Clinical Trials

New Survey Shows Patient Recruitment Challenges Continue to Plague Clinical Trials

Patient recruitment challenges continue to dog the clinical trial industry, according to a broad new survey featuring input on the integration of clinical research and healthcare from contract research organizations (CROs), mobile health/technology providers, academic/research institutions, sponsors, research sites, and hospitals.

For those organizations working to raise the bar in terms of healthcare data operability, employee training was viewed as the most effective tool, notching a 6.7 on a 1 to 10 scale, with working toward standardization and coordination with various stakeholders almost tied at nearly 6.2 each, and investment in information technology infrastructure and tools coming in at nearly 6.1.

“The industry is now looking at a broader clinical research ecosystem to unlock new approaches to solve [the] decades-old problem” of how “patients, physicians, health systems, clinical researchers, sponsors, and regulatory authorities [can] work together to increase participation in clinical research,” according to the new Integration of Clinical Research and Health Care Survey Report produced by SCORR Marketing and Applied Clinical Trials magazine.

Almost three-quarters (71%) of self-identified “leaders” in clinical research and care say their companies have an initiative in place to integrate research and care. That figure drops to 26% for respondents labeling themselves “followers” in the market space.


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In something of a role reversal, academia appears to be leading the way, according to the survey. More than 60% of academic organizations have initiatives in place, compared to 30% of sponsors and 26% of service providers. International organizations are ahead of North American operations, as 54% of European organizations and 50% of those in the rest of the world report having such programs in place, but just 36% of North American concerns report that level of progress.

Hospitals were viewed by industry and hospitals themselves as least likely to work on integrating clinical research and care. Nearly 60% of hospital respondents said hospitals are least likely. Looking at the complete survey population, hospitals topped the list with 25% of all respondents saying hospitals are least likely to work toward this goal, 20% targeting physician practices/networks, and 18% targeting CROs.

Organizations in the survey said they do their best outreach to investigators, and their worst to primary care physicians. Those working at research sites think their organizations do a great job of outreach to patients, giving themselves an 8.3 on a 1 to 10 scale. At the other end of the spectrum, sponsors only gave themselves a 5 on the same scale.

Across the board, respondents were critical of their efforts to incorporate the input of advocacy groups, patients, and caregivers.

Author: Michael Causey