The most critical aspect of a successful clinical trial is getting clinical trial volunteers to have it in the first place. It should go without saying, you can’t have a clinical trial without them. Yet, it still remains difficult to find the right candidates for the task at hand.
Finding the appropriate clinical trial volunteers chews up a large portion of clinical trial funding, making it the most crucial aspect of concern. When it is hard to find clinical trial volunteers for narrow criteria, the risk of running out of funds becomes all the more threatening.
What can be done to balance recruitment efforts with financial risk? Many CROs have faced this specific challenge all too often. What is there to do? Sometimes the most troubling issues are the easiest to fix if we look at them from a different perspective. Could technology be the answer everyone in the clinical trial space is looking for when it comes to this challenge?
The Specifics For Viable Candidates Can Be Discouraging To Clinical Trial Volunteers
Listening to commercials for drugs that have newly come to market tells you a lot about how granular the details need to be finding the appropriate clinical trial volunteers for the right study. CROs know this, of course. The issue lies in conveying that to doctors and possible clinical trial volunteers in a way that thoroughly educates them on who the right candidate is but in a format they can easily navigate.
Most clinical trial volunteers have taken detailed surveys that tell the CRO if they have a possible viable candidate. This has been a well-used strategy for some time. The issue with online surveys is manifested in the clinical trial volunteer’s experience. Sitting down in front of a computer to answer an endless list of persona and detailed medical questions only to find out the disappointing news at the end can leave many clinical trial volunteers discouraged; from the trial survey itself but also from considering any other ones in the future.
Engaging with a patient who would even be willing to do a study is one thing, but discouraging that person from ever being willing again is practically a crime. What can be done to increase the clinical trial volunteer’s experience so they are more willing to keep participating or being willing to participate in another promising study in the future? How do we decrease confusion so everyone is encouraged to keep pursuing a clinical study that might help them?
Technology Is The Answer But...
Technology has to be engaging in order to be used. Bland, radio-button surveys that dissolve into gray goo on a screen the longer you stare at them is not an engaging way to win over clinical trial candidates. How can we partner with technology, yet create ways to keep information gathering interesting for the candidate?
If there is one thing everyone needs when they are online and hitting roadblocks or facing information ambiguity is a real person. Clinical trial volunteers need a way to be able to connect to a human when they have questions or need specifics before they answer questions. CROs need to wade through information that could easily disqualify the wrong clinical trial candidates quickly, so no future time and money is wasted on pursuing the wrong candidates. How can that happen? People-assisted technology.
What if clinical trial volunteers had a way to not only take surveys but had a way for CROs to collaborate with the candidates while they are in the qualification process? How could CROs have access to more information on clinical trial volunteers besides just survey questions that could help them efficiently find the right candidates faster?
How To Help With Clinical Trial Volunteer Selection By Creating Efficiencies
Clinical trial volunteers need more interaction from CROs. It makes recruitment much easier when CROs are getting personally involved in the qualification process with willing volunteers. Being able to create that level of service so early on meant spending more than the budget allowed, until now.
eCare Vault is the first solution of its kind to make the pre-qualification process easier for both the CRO in the recruitment process and clinical trial volunteers. By providing one hub for surveys and stored person-to-person interaction through threaded messaging, clinical trial volunteers get the personal experience they need and CROs get the details that are critical to efficient clinical trial qualifications. If you’d like to know more about how eCare Vault can help you recruit clinical trial volunteers more efficiently, contact us today for a free consultation.