It’s not a stretch to say that enrollment can make or break a clinical trial. Nearly half of all sites under enroll or fail to enroll a single participant, according to statistics from the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. Without participants, trials are delayed. In some cases, eligibility criteria are amended. In more extreme cases, trials are cancelled because there aren’t enough people to participate.
For a Top 10 sponsor, the study team for a large respiratory clinical trial wanted to do as much as they could to help research staff quickly enroll participants. They decided to make the study protocol and related documents available via Teckro, forgoing paper shipments, PDFs in online portals, and manually-created FAQs. Site coordinators could optionally request a PDF of the protocol for their sites, but it was not encouraged by the study team. With Teckro Search, the current protocol – and therefore the current eligibility criteria – are always on hand from any digital device so that physicians can decide instantly whether the person in front of them is a candidate for the clinical trial.