By Katy Jones, Director of Client Delivery, Greenphire
Clinical trials today require more patient involvement than ever before. Longer, more frequent visits or visits that are far from home can impact a patient’s willingness to participate in research - let alone remain in a trial. As a result, patient recruitment can be a challenge for sites and pharmaceutical companies exploring new treatment options. Sadly, the average drop-out rate across clinical trials is 30%
With the increasing need for patient data, sponsors and sites are investing in ePRO / eCOA systems that allow clinical trial participants to remain home and provide information in a digital format. I’ve been fortunate to spend the last decade working healthcare technology – as a vendor, at a CRO managing eCOA and ePRO vendors, and now at Greenphire. These systems have become essential to the overall success of trials. Sponsors and sites can collect valuable data and ask key questions of patients on the frequency and severity of their symptoms. Do you feel better? Rank how you feel today versus yesterday?
Even with the best intentions, mistakes can happen, and diary compliance is still a challenge, whether using paper or digital methods. Particularly in large trials with thousands of participants, missing diary entries and inputs can greatly hinder a Sponsor’s ability for complete data analysis throughout the trial. Read how ClinCard can help remind and incentivize patients to complete ePRO diaries.