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Challenges facing oncology clinical research sites

  • 1.  Challenges facing oncology clinical research sites

    Posted 09-13-2018 16:24
    ​Hello,

    As we begin to explore how we can better engage with one another through this forum, one question I have for the group is this: what are some of the top challenges you face at your site?

    For our site (Sanford), we consistently struggle with recruitment and retention of skilled research staff and onboarding of new studies related to administrative burden. More recently, we have also been navigating operational hurdles (budget, infusions, subject management) for opening and recruiting earlier phase studies, and more complex studies.

    Would love to hear what is holding your site back - hoping to collaborate on solutions!

    Best,
    Lora

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    Lora Black RN, MPH
    Sanford Research
    Sioux Falls, SD
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  • 2.  RE: Challenges facing oncology clinical research sites

    Posted 09-13-2018 17:05
    ​Hi Lora,
     The largest hurdle we face is retention of trained individuals as a large number leave for industry. In addition as we have developed more regional sites it is difficult to develop proper staffing ratios to balance patient access to trials and tight budgets. We also struggle with oversight of a regional network that spans 100 miles east to west and 60 miles north and south,

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    Joel Saltzman MD
    Lake Health/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center
    Mentor, OH
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