Decentralized clinical trials (DCTs) refer to studies that allow patients to participate from their homes or local communities, as opposed to having them come to a centralized study site. DCTs have several benefits for sponsors of clinical trials, including:
DCTs can allow sponsors to expand their potential pool of participants beyond those who live near traditional study sites, resulting in higher recruitment rates. DCTs also make it easier for participants to stay in the trial by reducing the burden of travel and missed work or school.
DCTs can be more cost-effective than traditional trials because they eliminate the need for study sites and associated overhead costs. DCTs can also reduce the time and cost associated with patient recruitment, monitoring, and data collection.
DCTs can provide more realistic data because they allow patients to be studied in their natural environments, rather than in a clinic or hospital. This can lead to more accurate and relevant data that can be better applied to real-world situations.
DCTs can incorporate remote monitoring technologies that allow sponsors to track patient safety and drug efficacy in real-time. This allows sponsors to quickly identify and respond to any safety issues that arise, potentially improving patient outcomes.
DCTs can leverage advanced technologies like electronic health records, mobile devices, and wearables to collect and analyze data. This can result in more accurate and complete data, which can improve the quality and reliability of the trial results.
In summary, decentralized clinical trials offer several benefits to sponsors, including improved patient recruitment and retention, increased efficiency and reduced costs, more realistic results, better safety monitoring, and enhanced data quality. These benefits can ultimately lead to faster and more successful trials, which can benefit patients, sponsors, and the healthcare industry as a whole.
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