NEW YORK, July 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — There are a lot of factors that go into pulling off a successful clinical trial; between considering all financial, regulatory, organizational, and scientific aspects, there’s always more to do during the study’s progress. However, how the clinical trial performs during the study is dependent on proper preparation before the study even begins. A thorough, well-thought out preparation that covers all your bases is essential to running a smooth, accurate clinical trial, but how exactly do you prepare for one in the first place? fishbat discusses how to best prepare for a clinical trial and clinical trial recruitment below. Read on for more information.
Provide a clear, thorough budget: knowing your costs in-and-out will ensure that the trial begins on the right footing. Making sure to evaluate all costs involved, including patient recruitment, medical and scientific supplies, study site venues, and supporting staff. These costs, among many others, need to be accurately assessed and divided, alongside preparations for any potential delays or unforeseen events that could hinder the study temporarily. Being proactive and thorough in preparing a budget complete with all potential costs will benefit your trial’s organization in the end.
Cultivate a fitting patient pool: Patient recruitment is one of the most important pieces to preparing for a clinical trial; after all, you can’t have a study without any subjects. Using both accessible resources like existing patient databases and patient advocacy groups alongside classic study advertising methods both on and offline, your study should be able to amass a diverse group of patients that fit the study criteria accurately. Having a larger pool of patients will give you more options in case some are unable to complete the whole clinical trial or provide outlying data. A larger pool will also make your results more reliable and scientifically accurate.
Set up standard operating procedures across sites: Before beginning the study, clinical trial recruitment companies should outline exactly what the clinical trial is testing, how it’s measuring and evaluating those tests, and how staff should interpret and collect results. Setting up standardized operating procedures for all sites will ensure that results are consistent across the board, making your data more trustworthy in the clinical community. Make sure all those involved are fully prepared with knowledge of the processes, communication pipelines, and their tasks and responsibilities. All of this will guarantee a smoother sailing clinical trial.
Be aware of local and regional regulations: One major part of preparing for a clinical study is ensuring your study meets all FDA regulation standards and ethical requirements in the scientific community. Infringing on any of these regulations can lead to the nullification of your trial’s funding or permits, likely ending the trial completely. Preparing to adhere strictly to legal and ethical standards should be expected, so make sure to do your research, meet with regulators, and provide additional, consistent oversight to all sites throughout the study to ensure they are adhering to the regulations.
Preparing for a clinical trial has a lot of factors to take into consideration, but you will end up being grateful for your thorough preparation as the trial goes on. While many clinical trials get trapped in long delays and fall apart under unforeseen circumstances, your well-prepared trial will bring you good results and bring your product to the market faster.
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