Clinical trial participation can be hindered by a variety of factors, many of which are compounded when the study focuses on children. Caregivers must consider what arrangements need to be made to accommodate participation. A UBC home health nurse discussed the challenges and opportunities one mother found when enrolling her child in a Phase II study.
clinical trial patient retention
The lifecycle of a clinical trial is never a straight line. We all know the troubling statistics, like the fact that 80% of trials fail to meet enrollment timelines. It is important to know when recruitment numbers may be falling behind and to act quickly.
Doctors appointments, blood draws, dietary restrictions and medical tests can make patients hesitant to enroll in a clinical trial. Thankfully, many patients are willing to participate in clinical research, and it’s my job to find creative ways to make the experience easy and clear for both patients and research study sites.
The success of a clinical trial depends on recruiting study participants and maintaining participation for the entire duration of the study. Patient retention can be a very difficult challenge to overcome when the average drop-out rate for a clinical trial is 20-30%. Losing even one patient can be detrimental when patient populations are small. Learn how one nurse went above and beyond to keep a patient enrolled in a UBC supported clinical trial.