Tufts CSDD

Rising demand for CRAs

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Pulse on Study Startup by Craig Morgan

Demand for Clinical Research Associates (CRAs), professionals whose main function is to monitor clinical trials, is expected to grow 1.52% annually by 2018, which results in many sponsors and CROs finding themselves in a never-ending recruitment cycle for qualified CRAs.

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Envisioning the site of the future

Monday, May 1, 2017

The drug development world has been notoriously slow to adopt change, but industry leaders and visionaries expect the clinical research enterprise to change dramatically.
Integration of healthcare data, the power of data and analytics, a rapid move toward more targeted therapies and customized treatments, along with the desire for a lower cost R&D model are among the forces driving transformation in the way the research environment will function in the future.

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Sites wrestle with protocol design complexity

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The growing complexity of protocols is resulting in longer cycle times, rising costs and increased pressures on staff and patients throughout the clinical trial process. Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) studies have found that the number of endpoints, procedures and eligibility criteria of typical phase III protocols increased significantly during 2002-2012, and have continued to grow. These factors combine to increase costs and burdens on research teams.

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Report: Poor physician/nurse engagement contributes to low patient recruitment rates

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Although physicians and nurses are familiar with, and comfortable discussing, clinical trials, they refer a mere fraction of their patients for these studies, reflecting, in part, a failure by sponsors, CROs and investigative site personnel to engage health care providers as partners in the clinical research process, according to a recently completed analysis conducted by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development.

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Personalized medicine impacting study conduct

Sunday, January 1, 2017

As the analysis of genetic data is fast becoming a significant part of clinical research programs, both to enroll study participants and understand how drugs work, investigative sites are increasingly asked to collect genetic samples and conduct genetic screenings for clinical trials.

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Go directly to the source—Patients

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Pulse on Patient Recruitment by Ashley Tointon

With more companies working on patient-centric initiatives, it’s a good time to appraise what is being done to enhance the patient’s clinical trial experience. Although there is no agreed-upon definition of the term patient centricity, the premise is to put patients first.

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Big Data in clinical trials: Promise and pitfalls

Monday, August 15, 2016

Privacy versus medical progress. Proprietary ownership versus public information. Cost-effectiveness versus unnecessary burdens. Welcome to the swirl of opinions and emotions around Big Data and its potential—or not—in the clinical trials industry.

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