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900 million people per day. 20 minutes per day. 14 times per day. What do these figures represent? If you guessed the number of people who engage with Facebook on a daily basis, the average time spent on Facebook by each person per day, and the average number of times each person checks Facebook per read more

Mistakes can happen. With a process that has as many moving parts as a clinical trial, it’s imperative to take steps and stay ahead of potential problems. Properly supporting staff – study nurses or clinical trial coordinators who are actively performing study tasks – is essential to ensure they are recruiting patients effectively. Your clinical read more

There are some common misconceptions surrounding how many and what types of people search for online health information, particularly around the ages of patients likely to turn to the internet for health information, so let’s take a look at the statistics. 83% of adult internet users search online for health information. read more

The quick answer is a good patient screening questionnaire (view an example) is simple and easy to understand for the patient to understand. Many patient screening questionnaires can be vague and make it difficult for the subjects to relate to the questions asked. This in turn alienates subjects who can lose focus in providing clear and read more

Often with clinical trials, you have a budget and that’s it! You have to make the most of it. Sometimes it is possible to realise a meaningful result however in many occasions you may have found yourself looking for alternatives that are inexpensive or free because the budget does not stretch far enough. In most read more

I recently spoke with Janelle Bowden from the Clinical Trials Honour Roll, which is an initiative to recognise people who support clinical trials – whether they be researchers, patients or somebody else. You can nominate patients or staff members and you, the nominee, will be sent a certificate of recognition to present to them. I read more

A common problem in clinical trials is during the feasibility process to overestimate the ability to recruit patients. This is largely due to inadequate planning of and ineffective patient recruitment strategies. As noted with my earlier article, clinical trial overruns are common, expensive and frustrating but can easily be kept on track, within budget by read more

This is part two of the article How to write a more effective clinical trial newspaper advertisement. In the first part of the article we took a look at Benefits and Headlines. As mentioned in part 1 of the series, it is beyond the scope of this article to detail everything important in creating an read more

Writing a newspaper advertisement often falls to study coordinators, project managers or other Investigator site staff, whom may or may not be comfortable writing newspaper advertisements, but often have little or no training in marketing and advertising. As a result, there are a number of areas where improvements can be made. While the information on read more

Patient recruitment timeframes are one of the most important parts of the clinical trial process to consider as the recruitment period often extends past recruitment goals and in turn exceeds anticipated costs. This is an important element to consider as part of due diligence in the planning and budgeting stage to ensure confidence that you read more