According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices, 16% of clinical trials face recruitment challenges, with 43% of sites underperforming due to insufficient recruitment rates. These statistics highlight the importance of improving the accuracy and effectiveness of feasibility questionnaires to support successful patient recruitment in clinical trials. By implementing effective ways to enhance the questionnaires, sponsors can provide essential information about the potential success of a study without making the task overwhelming or critical. If you’re a sponsor looking to make a difference in clinical trials, read on to discover how data management can help improve feasibility questionnaires.
1. Involve Site Staff in Questionnaire Development
Site staff can provide valuable insights into the operational feasibility of the study, including patient population, recruitment strategies, and potential barriers to enrollment. By involving site staff in questionnaire development, sponsors can ensure that the questionnaire is relevant and comprehensive, which can help to improve study start-up times.
2. Provide Clear and Concise Instructions
Another way sponsors can improve feasibility questionnaires is by providing clear and concise instructions. Feasibility questionnaires can be lengthy and complex, making it difficult for site staff to complete them accurately and efficiently. By providing clear and concise instructions, sponsors can help to ensure that site staff understands the purpose of the questionnaire and how to complete it correctly.
3. Use Standardized Questions
Standardized questions ensure that all sites are asked the same questions, which can help ensure consistency and reduce response variability. Standardized questions can also help to streamline the review process and improve the quality of data collected during the feasibility assessment.
4. Provide Timely Feedback
Feedback can help to identify areas for improvement and ensure that site staff understand the requirements of the study. Timely feedback can also help to improve site engagement and ensure that sites are motivated to complete the questionnaire accurately and efficiently.
5. Use Technology to Streamline the Process
Electronic data capture (EDC) systems, such as Clinical PURSUIT’s clinical data management solution, can help automate the feasibility questionnaire process, reduce errors, and improve data quality. EDC systems can also help to ensure that site staff have access to the latest version of the questionnaire and can complete it online, which can help to improve efficiency and reduce study start-up times.
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By implementing the five strategies we’ve discussed in this blog, you can help create a comprehensive and effective feasibility questionnaire that provides essential information about the potential success of a study. From involving key stakeholders to utilizing technology, there are many ways sponsors can make a difference in the world of clinical trials. So, take the first step and start improving your feasibility questionnaires today. Your efforts could make all the difference in the success of a clinical trial and, ultimately, the lives of patients.
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