HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Patient recruitment is essential to the clinical trial process. Without patients to participate, a trial can't become a reality. Sometimes, sites take on a study and lack the planning or resources to enroll an adequate amount of patients. Clinical trial recruitment company, Clinical Trial Media, shares 5 questions to ask during the patient recruitment process.
Does your site have the required resources to host a successful clinical trial?
This first question will help you understand exactly what resources you have at your disposal and what resources you may be lacking. Overestimating your site can be quite dangerous to a study as it will lead to under-achieving and potentially harm both the study and your site's reputation. Make sure you inventory equipment, build up sufficient staffing and test your patient database to ensure hosting the clinical study is an attainable goal.
What is your target market for patient recruitment?
When it comes to promotional and recruitment efforts, this question will drive what components are actually included in your plan. You should do extensive research on your target patient population and learn their demographics, behaviors, motivations, preferred channels of communication and any other factors that you can utilize to persuade them to participate in your study.
Have you checked your patient database?
This is the most simple and cost-effective method of obtaining patients. Before looking outward for patient recruitment, you should always try an internal campaign first. Check out what type of patients are in your current database and see if any would be a good fit for the new study. You can reach out in numerous ways including phone calls, emails, postcards, and even social media to recruit internal candidates.
Do you have any low-cost options you can pursue?
Before you allocate a chunk of your budget to costly initiatives, make sure you consider some inexpensive options. These include community outreach events, networking, physician referrals, and utilizing your own patient database as a resource that was mentioned above. It's also recommended to reach out to reliable and easy going patients first before accepting less-reliable options.
What are your sponsor's expectations?
It's imperative to ensure that you and your sponsor are on the same page. Try meeting with your sponsor and developing a detailed and documented plan that you both agree is feasible and will lead to a successful clinical trial.
Asking yourself the above questions can help create a strong, realistic plan when it comes to patient recruitment. Having a solid plan of action will minimize the risk of falling short with recruitment, as well as increase the likelihood of a successful clinical trial.
About CTM: CTM Clinical Trial Recruitment Agency is a global patient recruitment and retention firm that provides customized product and service offerings to maximize your study's enrollment potential. With our flexible solutions, superior customer service and vast clinical trial experience around the world, Clinical Trial Media is your global enrollment connection.
SOURCE Clinical Trial Media