Where’s the evidence for how we run clinical trials?

Blogs.biomedcentral: July 15, 2014

No one ever said that doing a clinical trial was easy. Indeed it often feels like a Sisyphean task, when faced with obdurate funding committees, or centres that seem unable to recruit a single patient, when just six months previously they were inundated with them. Every piece of research has its pain points; however, sometimes we do have a tendency to over-complicate things.

This was exactly the message of Shaun Treweek’stalk at the 2nd Clinical Trials Methodology Conference in November last year, where he asked if we were making our own lives more difficult than they needed to be. We have a tendency to do trials the way we do because that’s the way we do them.

Do we really need to collect all those data? Is selecting that site a good idea, and why? Do we know our retention strategies are effective and, if not, why are we using them without evaluation? Read more