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What is the future of clinical trials?

A woman in a doctor's coat looking at X-ray images of the brain.

We live in an age where technology is advancing at a faster rate than ever before. Nowhere is this clearer than in the field of medical technologies. In recent times, many breakthroughs in the MedTech sector have improved treatment for patients all over the world. With such progress in such a short space of time, it begs the question of where we can go from here. There’s no doubt that medical professionals will continue to innovate and exceed expectations. While the future is uncertain, we do have indications of where progress can take us. One area worth considering is the future of clinical trials. Between innovation in trial recruitment strategies, the advancement of medical technology and the advent of more flexible studies the future looks bright for clinical trials.

Patient recruitment innovation

Over the last few years, the way in which clinical investigators have recruited for clinical studies has changed significantly. Clinical recruitment processes are projected to continue along this trajectory, with even more innovation in this sphere. There is no better place to look to the future of clinical trial recruitment than Citruslabs.

Through the collection of specific health data across different age groups, Citruslabs pre-screens and identifies eligible candidates for clinical trials across the globe. The use of innovative technology removes a lot of the usual pain points from the trial recruitment process; allows investigators and clinical research recruiters to find suitable candidates in a simplified and time-efficient manner. By using these innovative tools, healthcare professionals can make a previously laborious process free of unnecessary hassle.

Medical technology breakthroughs

When it comes to advances in medical technology, it looks like the sky's the limit. These technologies are streamlining the data-gathering process. By simplifying the tracking of biomarkers, healthcare professionals are able to amass essential data without significantly impacting or disrupting patients’ lives. In addition to this, the greater amount of data these mobile technologies can collect becomes invaluable when evaluating the efficacy of a treatment.

Not only this, but these technological advances allow for greater transparency concerning a patient’s participation in clinical research. The data collected will clearly demonstrate whether a patient has been actively participating and adhering to a course of treatment throughout the trial. Just think of how technology can make data even more versatile in the future.

Flexibility and adaptability in the trial process

One of the greatest issues clinical research recruiters face is patient attrition. Countless studies are compromised due to high dropouts and research sites continuing to ponder ways to ensure patient retention. One development in recent history that can point coordinators and clinical trial sponsors in the right direction is the recognition that the “one size fits all” model does not work for every patient or every trial.

Clinical trial coordinators are becoming more and more flexible when it comes to their patients and this is really helping to keep these clinical studies on track. Technology has enabled researchers to reduce the number of on-site visits for patients. New devices are even allowing some trials to be conducted from the patients’ own homes. There seems to be an upward trend in understanding that people operate in a number of different ways and, with this emerging mindset, clinical research recruiters can continue to tailor clinical trials to their patients’ needs.

Ready for a better way to recruit for your clinical trial?

Here at Citruslabs, we've created the ideal patient recruitment dashboard to help any researcher improve their current metrics. With over 3 million patients on record, we ensure research sites are connected to a thoroughly educated and engaged pool of participants; so, it is no wonder why we have such high patient confidence! Now, we would say that other models are available - but this would be a lie. In fact, unlike that offered by other patient recruitment companies, our easy-to-use dashboard is the first-of-its-kind for the market; giving researchers a unique insight into their patients’ wants and needs via industry-leading technology. The future of clinical recruitment starts here.

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