Site Enrollment Optimization

Bolstering Clinical Trial Enrollment with Site Support Services – It’s All about Relationships On an ongoing basis, the Patient Recruitment Organization (PRO) should provide sites with people, processes, and technology to support the enrollment and retention goals of the trial. We call this Site Enrollment Optimization, or SEO. Acurian On: Site Enrollment Optimization Read More »

Alzheimer’s: A Path Toward A Cure

Every major health epidemic has seemed daunting and insurmountable, until a single momentous discovery – or more often, a critical mass of accumulated knowledge – tips the balance toward a decisive treatment or cure. Vaccines that took a hundred years to conceive are now viewed as a matter of routine care. Cancers that claimed every... Read More »

Patient Attrition in Clinical Trial Enrollment

“Why does it seem so hard to recruit patients for a trial outside of my selected clinical site practices?” This is a question that Patient Recruitment Organizations (PROs) hear all the time from sponsors, particularly when it is increasingly difficult for the principal investigators (PIs) to source the majority of patients. The challenges of recruiting and enrolling patients unknown to the... Read More »

The Global Alzheimer’s Crisis: New Paradigms in Clinical Trials and Longitudinal Screening

There is scientific knowledge. And there is public perception. And often, the two collide. Nowhere is this reality more explicit than with the current state of Alzheimer’s disease research. Without a definitive cause or diagnosis – and no cure in sight – many adults see no reason to assess their risk, or determine their cognitive... Read More »

Increasing Enrollment While Reducing Sites

Our Senior Vice President and General Manager, Roger Smith, discusses a new trial model that flattens the top barriers – slow site setup and poor patient enrollment — to completing clinical trials on time and on budget. This model focuses on patients and then sites, and transforms both from trial impediments to trial accelerators. Click... Read More »

Patient Centricity and Enrollment Certainty

With the site-first approach to enrollment feasibility and completion continuing to struggle, sponsors are recognizing the need to embrace a patients-first strategy in order to complete enrollment on time or early. This requires truly understanding the patient as a potential trial participant relative to the study protocol, and owning the full patient experience, not just... Read More »

Defying Industry Assumptions with a Disruptive Approach

Most Patient Recruitment Organizations (PROs) have essentially been doing the same thing for many years. To raise awareness of clinical trial opportunities and encourage enrollment, their basic functions include: trial advertising and marketing communications, site support materials, study websites, and limited metrics tracking. Acurian On: Defying Industry Assumptions with a Disruptive Approach Read More »

Delivering Patient Quality

In the realm of clinical trial recruitment, there has been some concern that patients from outside the investigators’ practices are not as qualified or will drop out of a study at a higher rate than those supplied by the sites. Today’s trial sponsors are casting a critical eye on patient quality; however, quality means different... Read More »

The Challenge of Recruiting Minority Patients

Diversity in clinical trials has been challenging and thus, approved products may not be appropriately tested on representatives of the patient populations who end up using them. Even in conditions like type 2 diabetes that impact ethnic minority populations in disproportionate numbers, racial and ethnic minorities are typically underrepresented in clinical research data. Acurian, however,... Read More »