6 Tips to Boost Patient Recruitment in your Clinical Trial

Sluggish patient recruitment is costing the clinical research industry hundreds of millions of dollars in missed opportunity costs.

These costs can range from $500,000 per day for mid-range therapeutics to well beyond $1 Million per day for blockbuster therapeutics.

Novel therapeutics are bound by regional patents, limiting the time from which a sponsor can collect revenue on sales, before competitors enter the market with generics. The quicker a therapeutic can advance through the clinical research pipeline, the greater the revenue which can be recovered by the sponsor.

While the majority of clinical trials do reach their recruitment goals ( # patients), the timelines to reach these are more often than not well beyond initial estimates. The Centre for the Study of Drug Development at Tufts University has spent a great deal of time studying the metrics of patient recruitment. A 2013 study reported:

  • 80% of trials do not meet their recruitment timelines
  • 11% of sites fail to enroll a single subject
  • 37% of sites under enroll

Their conclusion was that over 90% of delays in trial completion are due to sluggish patient recruitment

So what can you, as a sponsor do to improve your global patient recruitment numbers?

Here are six tips to improve your patient recruitment rate for your clinical trials:

Hover your mouse over each tip a further description.

For more tips, implementation strategies and information on how to impact patient recruitment, check out Advantage Clinical's course on Impacting Patient Recruitment for Sponsors and CROs.