Top Barriers to Participation in Clinical Trials

April Schultz
October 12th, 2017

Recruiting study participants is one of the most challenging tasks in the clinical trial process, and arguably one of the biggest barriers to success in clinical research. During Forte’s 2017 national survey of over 900 clinical research professionals, recruiting enough participants to trial was identified as one of the top three pain points in clinical trial conduct.

Low enrollment is a chronic problem for many studies. According to an Applied Clinical Trial Stakeholder Survey in 2011, 19% of registered trials that closed or terminated either failed to meet accrual goals (85% of expected enrollment) or were terminated early due to insufficient accrual. 

So, why is patient recruitment such a significant and ongoing challenge for research organizations? Understanding the various factors that influence an individuals decision to participate in a study can often help research professionals determine the root cause for enrollment problems. In this infographic, we explore the common barriers individuals face when deciding whether or not to participate in a clinical trial.

Top Barriers to Patient Participation Infographic

Misconceptions and a lack of awareness seem to be the most significant barriers for individuals who otherwise might be willing to participate in a clinical trial. It’s critical to address these barriers by spreading positive, community-forward information about clinical research and encouraging more industry stakeholders to participate in outreach efforts.                                            

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