Clinical Outsourcing


Dive into the experiences of trial stakeholders — including sponsors, CROs and site teams — in trial planning and execution. Findings focus on two critical components of trial success, site selection and patient recruitment, while also examining critical metrics, including trial staffing, costs, timelines and challenges. Use this information to better plan for challenges, including issues around patient enrollment and key trial milestones. At the same time, strengthen the CRO-sponsor relationship to share risk and increase communication, improve coordination across multiple vendors and implement innovative strategies.

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Top Reasons to Read This Clinical Outsourcing Report

When possible, establish strategic alliances to share risk, strengthen CRO-sponsor relationships and increase communication: For companies outsourcing any aspect of a clinical trial, selecting the right vendor and effectively communicating sponsor needs are pivotal to success. Strategic alliances work well for companies that constantly conduct clinical trials. However, they are not always feasible, especially for smaller companies with fewer resources. Examine the relationships between sponsors and CROs, including the types of vendors employed, selection criteria and best practices for maintaining successful relationships. This report examines the relative value of strategic alliances with both CROs and research sites. Alliances are not always possible, and some executives are skeptical of the practice. As CROs become more involved in clinical trial planning — a trend projected to occur over the next three to five years — this attitude will shift.

Prepare your trial for success with the right vendor relationships and proper patient recruitment strategies:Patient recruitment rates among top challenges for clinical trials, and vendor selection can have a huge impact. Companies that consider recruitment obstacles concurrently with protocol design, look outside of clinical practices to reach enrollment quotes, and involve vendors early better align their organizations for trial success. This report addresses the resources and best practices necessary to facilitate desirable recruitment outcomes. In addition,Clinical Outsourcing examines new patient recruitment strategies, including the use of EHRs and social media.

Carefully consider site selection when mapping out clinical trials: Site selection and site monitoring are key components of clinical trials. As such, companies should consider site background and operations prior to enrolling patients to ensure that a location will fit trial needs. In addition, retaining a small percent of clinical site monitoring staffing in-house will help build internal expertise, ensure site visit consistency, and ultimately make sure that trial progress stays on track. The report explores sponsor and CRO site selection criteria and site management challenges. Use the benchmarks and best practices to strengthen communication and cultivate consistency in monitoring efforts.

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Key Questions That This Study Answers About Clinical Outsourcing

  1. How do companies of my size and type use vendors to meet trial needs?
  2. How is the industry’s reliance on CROs expected to change in the next three to five years?
  3. How can sponsors and CROs overcome challenges to cultivate open and trusting partnerships?
  4. What factors and criteria should sponsors and CROs consider when they choose to enroll clinical sites?
  5. How can companies overcome recruitment obstacles, and what new recruiting strategies are being used?
  6. How should sponsors and CROs assign patient recruitment and site training/management responsibilities?
  7. How much do groups of a similar size and type budget for patient recruitment costs?
  8. What strategies are companies using to improve patient recruitment and retention?

Price $4,895
Publication Date June 2015
Pages 316
Chapters 5
Metrics 500 +
Charts / Graphics 280 +