Being a Trial Site
Being part of clinical trials can be a rewarding part of medicine. While it does take some effort, it potentially provides you and your patients with access to novel treatments and methods. It is also a great way to learn about the research process and offers the opportunity to collaborate with peers. The skills and systems you develop from trial participation can even help you in planning your own studies.
Before becoming a trial site it is important to be aware of what you and your site will require. We have presented a summary of the requirements below. Remember that trial investigators will always be willing to problem solve if it means a motivated site joins their study – so if you don’t have all of the following items in place it is still worth expressing interest as others may be able to help you to get your site ready to go.
- UWM Clinical Toolkit
- Planning and working with sites (NHS Health Research Authority)
- Field Trials of Health Interventions (see Chapter 7: Trial Governance) from International Epidemiological Association\Resources\Publications
- NHS Clinical Trials Toolkit
- ASCO Statement on Minimum Standards and Exemplary Attributes of Clinical Trial Sites
- CITI Program online training courses in research skills, including in GCP (payment required for courses unless a member of a participating university).
- Global Health Training Centre online training courses in research skills, including in GCP – courses are FREE