What makes decentralization the future of clinical trials?

What makes decentralization the future of clinical trials?

What makes decentralization the future of clinical trials?

With the emergence of COVID-19, Decentralization of Clinical Trials became necessary to comply with social distancing requirements while carrying out clinical research. Over the past few years, the clinical trial landscape has shifted its focus to patient-centric practices to promote patient engagement. But now as the pandemic is long gone, it is time to reflect on how DCT studies are genuinely addressing long-standing issues in research and development for sponsors, study teams, and of course, the patients!

The digital shift in clinical trials has brought about the potential to improve both patient experience and clinical data quality significantly. Understanding the direct implications of decentralized approaches can positively impact research outcomes, allowing CROs to take the first step toward the future of clinical trials. DCTs have paved the way for the clinical trial industry to adapt quickly to meet consumer needs while mitigating risks and maintaining participant safety.

What is a decentralized clinical trial?

Decentralized clinical trials involve a combination of innovative technologies with a patient-centric study design to communicate with study participants and collect data for conducting clinical studies using a hybrid approach. DCTs leverage remote monitoring and data capture technologies such as eConsent, eDairies, ePRO, Tele Consulting, Direct-to-Patient, Wearables, etc. to make participating in clinical trials easier.

The primary goal of DCT is to provide a hybrid, flexible system that can promote high patient engagement. By reducing drop-out rates, and increasing study effectiveness, DCTs ultimately reduce time-to-market for life-saving medicines – positively impacting millions of potential patients.

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