An Impression 
Trial Physician Survey on the Status Quo of Clinical Research

Trial physician survey status quo in clinical research - an impression

In the fall of 2023, we collaborated with Siteworks Clinical Research to conduct a survey aimed at understanding trial physicians' perspectives on clinical trials and assessing the status quo of clinical research. Our survey involved 66 trial physicians across various therapeutic areas, predominantly based in Europe.

Respondents showed significant motivation to take part in trials, driven by their interest in advancing science, gaining early access to new treatments and improving their scientific reputation. However, they also identified challenges, including the considerable time commitment, difficulties in patient recruitment and shortages in staff. Moreover, respondents emphasized the importance of adequate remuneration, enhanced digital tools and realistic expectations regarding recruitment timelines from study sponsors and CROs. Among the digital solutions, eCRF, ePRO and EHR were highlighted as particularly promising and widely utilized. Interestingly, there was considerable interest among investigators in accessing treatment outcomes from anonymized data shared by other physicians, as well as a willingness to incorporate progression curves of patient parameters into their research. Despite this, the majority still favored personal monitoring over digital alternatives.

In summary, the report shows a need for fair remuneration, standardized digital technologies and less bureaucracy in clinical trials. Respondents also want more realistic timelines, particularly regarding recruitment.

Read the survey results and find out more about:

  • Motivation and challenges to study participation for investigators
  • Expectations of study sponsors and CROs
  • Respondents' openness towards digital technologies in studies

We hope you enjoy reading the results and that they will provide you with valuable insights into the status quo of clinical research and give you new impetus for successful collaboration between investigators, CROs and study sponsors. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

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