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!
In my latest podcast I cover a wide variety of topics in clinical research such as blogging for research clinics, patient recruitment, negotiating budgets and getting hired as a CRA. As always, keep your questions coming you guys have been sending in great ones (dan at theclinicaltrialsguru.com).
We talk about study participant recruitment and retention all the time on this blog, but do we actually practice what we preach? You would be surprised at the number of study participants I have met or interviewed via Skype throughout the years that have told me that they did not have good experiences with clinical research and in fact, some had horrible experiences. I do think the majority of research clinics do a good job of placing study participant satisfaction at the top of the list of important factors to keep in mind when running the day to day activities of a clinical trial, but that doesn’t necessarily always translate to happy study participants. I understand that it is inevitable for some study participants to not have good experiences, but us researchers should put more effort into the little things (returning phone calls in a timely manner, having a good attitude at the clinic, etc) that could ultimately shape the experiences of the study participants. Remember, we need to raise general awareness regarding our industry and in a way, we are all ambassadors of clinical trials to our study participants and our communities at large.
I used to hate it when I negotiated budgets for some of my clinical trials and I got asked by the study sponsor to provide current standard of care costs for certain procedures. Well, fear not, apparently there are others out there feeling the same way. In this video/podcast I discuss how to navigate around this negotiation tactic and end up with a lucrative contract and budget for your site! Also in this video, more on recruitment and content marketing to get more study participants for your clinical trials, etc.