Virtual clinical trials have been largely endorsed for chronic diseases research and studies such as dermatology, immunology, endocrinology, gastrointestinal, and respiratory that do not require much observation. This endorsement can be attributed to the many benefits that site-less trials offer such as cost-effectiveness. This, however, does not rule out the importance of trial sites as they are essential in the research process. Even then site-less clinical trials offered by Veristat come with many benefits some of which include;
Pressure on trial sites is relieved
The selection of trial sites faces intense competition and it is not made any easier by delayed trials. With virtual trials, there is no site competition and researchers can easily recruit and retain patients from the comfort of their homes. For this to be effective, Clinical Research Organization has to blend in with other sponsors and vendors for the success and effective utilization of technology to be achieved. In some cases, effective virtual trials are accompanied by site-based trials, especially for complex procedures. As a result, researchers utilize hybrid approaches especially in meeting compliance standards.
Empowerment of teams
One of the challenges facing clinical trials is recruitment and retention of patients; often, the drop-out rate is high. This means that new therapies rarely get a chance to engage these trials for empowerment. With virtual trials, this challenge is mitigated and they help make patient recruitment better. In return, new therapies can be fully tested and utilized. With the advancement in technology, new forms of patient data collection and retention have been adopted. Investigators and the research teams can attain better results from their trials without physical site visits. With this technology, virtual trials are scheduled, functions delegated, reporting and notification are made even easier, and this simplifies the job for the research administration.
Better patient engagement
Virtual trials provide a large patient reach as there’s no need to visit the trial site. This means patients are vetted and recruited from their homes where they feel safe and comfortable. With virtual trials, patients especially those with mobility issues can volunteer for the trials. This makes volunteers more willing to take part in the trials. Also, it grants trial staff and physicians greater access to a higher number of patients.
Better data collection
With trial sites, patients’ data capture and collection is a tedious process since most still rely on paperwork. Virtual trials, however, utilize medical research technology in every step. This makes it easier to collect patient data. This allows them to maintain the research trial deadline and achieve better safety reviews to meet new targets. And with the new technology, it’s easier for you to maintain research compliance while lessening the work done by the administrative team. And as technology continues to advance, the popularity and demand for virtual trials are bound to increase even further.
The benefits offered by virtual trials empower research teams thus improving the trials processes. Also, with access to a large patient reach the recruitment process is more successful as compared to onsite recruitment. And with the right trial technology, then your research is likely to be completed successfully.