So many people, especially those who are new to the business of clinical research, tend to embellish their recruitment capabilities when filling out site feasibility surveys that Sponsors and CRO’s ask clinics to fill out when qualifying for new studies. The problem with embellishing, besides the obvious fact that it is a little dishonest, is that Sponsors will actually hold you accountable to those numbers that you put down on the form. Even if your Site should become a high enroller in the study, the fact that you did not meet your enrollment projections will do more harm than good for your company in the long run, and Sponsors do indeed take these projections seriously!
The title of this blog post sums it up. Keep your questions rolling in!!!!
This week’s podcast/video has me digging in the Guru grabag of emails and answering several of your questions. I focus on risk-based monitoring, recruitment strategies, how Sponsors are using low study supply to pit CRO’s against each other and a whole lot more including the fact that CRA’s have no life! I hope you enjoy and remember to send your questions my way anonymously for your question to possibly get answered on video!
Ah, the 80/20 rule in action yet again! For those who do not know, the 80/20 rule explains how 20 percent of an input creates 80 percent of the output or results. In today’s example, we have an illustration of how 20 percent of clinical research sites, for a number of reasons, end up triggering 80 percent of the risk based monitoring activities. The reasons are generally negative such as amount of queries generated, lack of adverse events reported, not following Good Clinical Practice, etc. A few are for good reasons, such as being high enrollers. Just wanted to share this with you and hope that it helps your Site not end up on the wrong side of the risk-based monitoring equation!
In this video I answer a viewer question on what are some of the best ways to pay patient recruiters or even business development staff. Hope it is helpful!
Ok so I might be going out on a ledge here, but I found a new app that has changed the way I interact with other researchers out there, and I haven’t even experimented with the potential study participant communications that this application shows great promise for as well! Add me on cyberdust, just download it on your smartphone (username dansfera) and send me a message, it may change the game for you a bit!