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Patient Recruitment and Retention Strategy in Clinical Trials

Patient Recruitment and Retention Strategy in Clinical Trials

In a clinical trial considering different phases, there is a need for subjects to be enrolled as per the eligibility criteria defined in the study protocol. Aiming and holding the involvement of the suitable patients places a critical challenge for investigators and sponsors of the trial. During the conduct-phase of clinical trials, sites usually spend most of their time on patient recruitment, and yet, statistics show that despite their efforts, reaching enrollment goals per timelines seem elusive in many studies.
1. The majority (nearly 86%) of clinical trials conducted in the United States fail to enroll subjects within the contract period.
2. It is commonly observed that once the desired subject count is achieved for a study, activities required to enhance patient retention gets ignored. This may result in nearly one-quarter of study volunteers drop out before completing the study.

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