Clinical Research Enrollment Demand
Editor's Note: Rahlyn Gossen is the founder and principal of Rebar Interactive, a digital patient engagement and recruitment company serving clinical trial sponsors and research sites. Prior to founding Rebar, Rahlyn was a clinical research coordinator. Her observations as a coordinator greatly influence her perspective on clinical trials as well as Rebar’s technology products and services, which aim to reduce inefficiency and improve the patient experience. Rahlyn frequently writes and speaks about clinical trial innovation and is on the editorial advisory board for Applied Clinical Trials.
Of the challenges in clinical research, participant enrollment remains one of the biggest. According to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, clinical trial enrollment typically ends up taking two-times longer than planned. These delays drive up the costs to develop new treatments and hinder medical advancement.
Often, the discussion about enrollment delays focuses on supply challenges, such as how patients learn about clinical trials and what helps or hinders them from participating in clinical research. But understanding enrollment demand is equally important to this equation. In order to work toward an enrollment target, we must first know what target we’d like to hit. With this target in mind, we’re in a better position to figure out the steps needed to achieve it. And that brings us to this question: how many people are needed for currently enrolling research studies?
What did we learn? At the time of this blog post’s publication, the data show that:
- Enrollment demand is huge. We need many people to participate in clinical research—to the tune of over 57 million.
- Demand for people to enroll in studies is not distributed equally across diseases or phases. For example, nearly half of the enrollment need for cardiovascular disease is in Phase 4 studies.
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Blog post originally appeared on LillyPad.
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