Pulse: Industry Perspectives

Creating your personal secret sauce for site success

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Pulse on Site Success by Jeffrey Adelglass

We have a particular client that likes to refer to our enrollment successes as our “secret sauce.” They frequently ask us, “What makes you tick? What motivates your site to achieve enrollment targets both on time and early in some cases?” My response is that the secret sauce recipe includes the internal motivation and characteristics that drive the site team to meet these challenges, but must be stirred well with characteristics of the CRO and Sponsor that encourage site involvement.

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Patient recruitment and retention tactics vary

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Pulse on Patient Recruitment by Ashley Tointon

Patient recruitment and retention tactics vary as much as the protocols they support. While the primary focus is on the recruitment of individuals into clinical trials, sometimes it’s difficult to keep people in a clinical research study after they have signed up. Understanding why people drop out, when they typically drop out and uncovering the root cause is the basis for many retention strategies. 

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The CRA life: Dedication, passion, adaptability

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Pulse on Study Conduct by Elizabeth Weeks-Rowe

To achieve a level of expertise in a clinical research role, dedication that exceeds standard performance is required. It requires a passion for innovation, the willingness to work outside your position or comfort zone, and the ability to adapt what you’ve learned to align with regulatory standards. 

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Innovative strategy to increase opportunity for the traditional research site

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Pulse on Site Success by Jeffrey Adelglass

The individuals responsible for management, growth and development of clinical research sites are entrepreneurs. There is definitely evidence of expanded strategic development of innovative and entrepreneurial methods to garner new revenue, patient recruitment opportunities and visibility for the traditional, free standing clinical research site.

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Digital clinical research is nearing a tipping point

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Pulse on Global Trials by Matthew Howes

Since I started writing this column two years ago, clinical research has seen modest improvements in failure rates of late stage trials, but for the most part drug development remains unnecessarily expensive and inefficient. 

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The informed consent process

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Pulse on Study Conduct by Elizabeth Weeks-Rowe

To provide an informed consent process that’s transparent and equitable is the most sacrosanct assurance of safety we can provide research patients.

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Here’s how to keep patient recruitment momentum high

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Pulse on Site Success by Jeffrey Adelglass

One of the most perplexing aspects of a clinical trial is patient recruitment, as it often is difficult to find not only the desired number of subjects but also the appropriate patient population. This challenge can seem magnified during a holiday season, when many potential patients are traveling or are preoccupied with other seasonal events.

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Companion diagnostics are here to stay

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Pulse on Global Trials by Matthew Howes

The story of personalized medicine has evolved from folklore to popular science, and is destined to become classic medical literature.

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The effectiveness of digital campaigns

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Pulse on Patient Recruitment by Ashley Tointon

One of the top things people do online is search for health-related topics. In fact, according to Pew Research, 72% of adult Internet users have searched online for a health topic in the last year.

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