Friday, July 27, 2012

Patient recruitment challenges in Asia

Recently Biospectrum discussed some of the key factors that lead to challenges in patient recruitment in Asia.  The difficult and time consuming process of recruiting then maintaining relationships with patients can often be one of the hardest parts of successfully conducting clinical trials.

Some of the items on their list:
  • - About 65-70 percent of the patients in Asian countries live in rural areas where hospital infrastructure does not support clinical research 
  • - Low awareness of opportunities to participate in clinical trials An ageing population that takes drugs for multiple chronic conditions, which makes them ineligible for most trial protocols 
  • - Public concern over safety of new medications in the wake of major drug recalls 
  • - Use of herbal medicines Scepticism about trials designed only to expand the market for a drug to include an additional condition 
  • - Concentration of trials at academic medical centers that are out of geographic reach of many Asians sites 
At Partnerships in Clinical Trials Asia this fall, one of the main focuses of the event will be obtaining  strategies for improving protocol development, patient recruitment and site startup times for Oncology, CNS and Biosimilars trials.  If you'd like to see the relevant sessions and speakers relating to the topics of clinical trial patient recruitment in Asia, download the agenda.  As a reader of this blog, when you register to join us September 12-14, 2012 in Shanghai and mention code XP1775BLOG, you'll save 15% off the standard rate!

In the article, Tarun Pandotra suggests that it's often the lack of communication between the investigators and collaboration often lead to many of the aspects of clinical trial recruitment for the right patients to fall through the cracks.  Is this something you agree with? Why or why not?

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