Improving Clinical Trials Through Thoughtful Collaboration
While clinical trials can lead to many medical breakthroughs, they’re often weighed down by inefficiency and red tape. To fix the system, we need to reach across fields.
Many have called for major improvements in clinical trials that can accelerate the delivery of life-changing treatments to patients, yet randomized clinical trials continue to increase in cost and complexity, and questions of quality remain. Why is it so difficult to right the ship? Improving any single process among the hundreds involved in designing and conducting a clinical trial is unlikely to transform the overall system, nor can changes by just one stakeholder move the needle.
A systematic, evidence-based approach to addressing issues of efficiency and quality in clinical trials — one that includes participants from across the clinical trials enterprise as equal partners — is the method needed to achieve widespread, measurable improvements in clinical trials.
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