Implement alternative recruitment strategies when accrual milestones are not achieved

Use data to decide whether to make changes or close the trial

  • For better or worse, everything from the pressure of competition to the joy of discovery plays a role in clinical trial work. But, when it comes to deciding whether a trial is accruing well enough and remains feasible, data should play the central role. Be willing to ask the tough question, “Can this study be saved and at what cost?”

If changes are made, document expectations and monitor over a specific timeline

  • Your team may assess a trial with major accrual challenges and determine that it indeed remains feasible or is meaningful enough to keep active. If you make this choice, plan on how best to improve recruitment and set new goals and a specific timeline for meeting them. At the appointed time, reassess.

Determine if the state of the science has changed and accrual is unachievable

  • Most trials take place over a fairly long time period. During that time, your team should keep up with the relevant science. Perhaps new findings, treatments, or approaches mean that your trial cannot accrue as hoped.

Literature and Tools (30)

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Posted: Dec 18, 2012.
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KEYWORDS: Knowledge/Attitudes/Beliefs, Language or Cultural Barriers, Logistics/Transportation, Low Literacy, Non-English Speaking, Cost/Insurance, Remuneration, Incentives, Staff Experience Level, Physician Champions, Provider-Patient Relationship, International, Institutional Issues, Inadequate Staffing, Eligibility, Placebo, Study Burden, Financial Incentives, Non-Cancer, Cancer
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Posted: Nov 14, 2012.
EMPACT (Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials).
KEYWORDS: Language or Cultural Barriers, Minority Groups
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Posted: Jan 27, 2012.
Contemp Clin Trials. 33. 2. 291-7.
KEYWORDS: Knowledge/Attitudes/Beliefs, Provider-Patient Relationship, Inadequate Staffing, Eligibility, Provider Influence, Black or African-American, Non-Cancer
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Posted: Dec 21, 2011.
J Clin Oncol. 24. 25. 4158-62.
KEYWORDS: Knowledge/Attitudes/Beliefs, International, Randomization, Consent, Men, Verbal Communications, Cancer
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Posted: Sep 20, 2011.
Wenzel L.. University of California, Irvine. NCI ASCO Cancer Trial Accrual Symposium: Science and Solutions. 2010 Apr 29. Bethesda, MD.
KEYWORDS: Language or Cultural Barriers, Non-English Speaking, Women, Minority Groups, Hispanic or Latino, Cancer