As with any industry, the challenges facing those working in clinical trials at the moment are numerous; from patient recruitment, to adoption of technology, and regulatory requirements, to spiralling costs.
Over the last year we have asked dozens of clinical professionals about the biggest challenges they are facing and the graph above shows their most common responses. Here, in part one of our two-part report, we delve into the top replies to discover what it is about these issues that are most challenging trials today.
Complexity of Trials (21% of respondents)
Clinical trials have been growing increasingly complex for years, and those running them are feeling the pressure to design trials ‘that give the right answers, in the most simple and unobtrusive way for patients, that are acceptable to regulators and payers’.
Respondents from study sites are particularly concerned with meeting the ‘challenge of focussing on the best study design’ for ‘very complex modern clinical trials’. Such concerns are borne out in the ‘high rate of failure to meet primary endpoints due to poor or complex design’.