Engaging Community Physicians to Enhance Patient Retention
I just read an interesting report from the Forum on Drug Discovery, Development and Translation called Transforming Clinical Research in the United States, published by the Institute of Medicine. Were you aware that that US investigators enroll two-thirds the number of patients into clinical trials as compared to investigators in the rest of the world? However, among US investigators participating in a clinical trial, 27% fail to enroll any subjects compared with 19% of investigators elsewhere. 90% of all clinical trials worldwide fail to enroll patients within the target amount of time and need to extend their enrollment period. The authors of this report argue that this is caused by three factors: prioritizing of clinical research questions, the globalization of clinical trials and the divide between clinical research and clinical practice.