For many clinical research staff members, recruiting participants for a study poses a challenge – sometimes a bigger challenge than conducting the actual trial itself. Delays in recruiting participants will by default extend the study’s timeline, ultimately delaying the treatment’s arrival to the market at the end of the trial.
The infographic below outlines how the public learns about clinical trials, why they participate and enrollment challenges trials pose.
How do people learn about clinical trials?
The breakdown of where participants come from1 includes 72% are already patients at the site and 28% are new patients.
The public’s top five sources for clinical research information2 include:
- 58% primary care physicians
- 40% online clinical trial registries
- 30% search engines
- 19% nurse at primary care
- 19% pharmaceutical companies
What are some reasons people participate in clinical trials?
The top perceived benefits3 are:
- 26% to advance medicine
- 36% to help improve the lives of others
- 15% to help improve their condition
- 8% represents the best treatment option
- 5% monetary compensation
The importance of factors when choosing to participate in a study4 are:
- 60% physical location of the study center
- 63% protection of confidentiality
- 73% types of procedures
- 75% purpose of the study
- 83% potential risks and benefits
What are some common enrollment challenges?5
48% of site under-enroll study volunteers while 11% of sites are failing to enroll a single patient. Nine out of 10 trials meet enrollment goals if original timelines are doubled. In terms of public’s interest in participating in studies, 70% hasn’t considered clinical trials as an option when discussing treatment with their doctor6 while 19% are not willing to participate in a clinical research study7 and 7% are unsure if they are interested in participation7.
The top perceived risks8 of participating in a study include:
- 40% side effects
- 33% risk to overall health
- 7% receiving placebo
- 7% stopping treatments providing benefits
In general, there is little awareness in the public. About 40% are not very confident they would find a clinical study right for them9 and close to 70% have never or rarely considered clinical studies as an option when discussing treatment with their doctor10. However, there is hope for enrollment rates to improve. 74% express interest in discussing clinical trial participation from an online peer community11 and 94% of volunteers would participate in a clinical trial study again12.
2., 6., 9.-11. https://www.ciscrp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2017-CISCRP-Perceptions-and-Insights-Study-Decision-Making-Process.pdf
3., 7., 8. https://www.ciscrp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2017-CISCRP-Perceptions-and-Insights-Study-Perceptions-and-Knowledge.pdf
Editor’s Note: This infographic was originally published on September 11, 2014.