With stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic in place, many sites had to think outside the box when keeping participants safe and engaged as research moved forward. Many institutions began relying on “virtual” clinical service providers closer to participants’ homes. These services include local surgical centers, MRI scanning, and other clinical services, and are conducted by private providers rather than research staff at an academic medical center (AMC) or health system. Beyond the current pandemic, this may be arguably a more convenient approach for the participant in general.
This blog discusses issues research organizations should consider when working with remote sites to provide clinical trial procedures, including whether those remote sites are considered “engaged” in research.
To learn more, read the full article on Advarra’s website