Patient-centeredness has become a hallmark of high-quality research, patient care and drug development — and patient engagement has become a major focus for clinical trial managers (CTMs). Study participants themselves are calling for more input into their care and satisfaction and quality outcomes are clearly tied to one another.
A host of pressures — patient recruitment and retention, cost and efficiency, and regulatory — have researchers seeking out novel approaches to clinical trials. Among them are virtual trials, which are often touted as a solution to many of these problems. Still, challenges and concerns remain, resulting in slow industry adoption.