Clinical Trial Best Practices and Trends

From new technology and modern trial models to fresh FDA guidance, the clinical trial industry is continually in flux. Which is why, whether you’re an experienced site or looking to conduct a study for the first time, it can be hard to stay on top of clinical research trends. Each industry change can directly impact trial volume and design, both of which affect your practice and your patients. What steps can you take to optimize your research practice in the face of these changes to ensure you can provide your patients with cutting-edge care in their community? 

“Setting Your Site up for Success Whether You Are New to Research or Experienced” dives into the rapidly evolving clinical trial landscape, the implications industry trends may have for research sites, and best practices to ensure success for both new and experienced research sites. It unfolds in three parts: the most common challenges research sites face, current industry trends, and expert tips that apply to both new and experienced sites.

The Most Common Challenges Clinical Trial Sites Face

Though every site is different, several barriers frequently stand in the way of research success, namely ebbs and flows in trial volume, tightening of study populations, and new and numerous trial models in industry-sponsored studies. To begin the webinar, speakers dig into each of these challenges, including why they can be harmful to new and experienced sites and why they are so common.

Current Research Industry Trends

This section of the webinar details top trends in the research industry and how they impact new and experienced sites.  

First, speakers explain why there are often dramatic ebbs and flows in trial volume and why these fluctuations can be so harmful to a research site. They also talk through industry data on trials by therapeutic area and indication, establishing the biggest in research, and which ones would be good to break into. Second, they discuss why modern trials require more specific patient populations and have more complex protocols, and then go through the effect these shifts have on sites, staff, and patients. Lastly, the speakers do a deep dive into the different trial models — traditional, decentralized (DCT), hybrid, and virtual — their differences, their benefits, and limitations.

Expert Tips for Site Success

How can sites navigate the changes and challenges of research to maximize their revenue, augment their patient care, and help accelerate the advancement of medicine? In this webinar segment, speakers offer research site best practices they’ve gathered and honed from their years of industry experience.  

To help ride the natural ebb and flow in trial volume, they recommend sites expand their portfolios in therapeutic areas and indications. They explain what portfolio expansion means, how to accomplish it, and then move into feasibility questionnaires. They give an overview of the site selection process, including what feasibility questionnaires are, how to stand out in the site selection, and how to avoid the most common feasibility questionnaire mistakes. Finally, they talk about what the increase in new trial models means for sites and goes through the step-by-step process for preparing for and running a DCT.


The webinar concludes with a question-and-answer session that covers more top tips for starting research, how to begin conducting oncology trials without an oncologist on staff, and the most important factors to consider when breaking into a new therapeutic area.

Elligo Is Your Partner for Site Success

For further insights into how you can establish or optimize a research practice, watch the recording of “Setting Your Site up for Success Whether You Are New to Research or Experienced.” You can also contact our team to explore what we can do for you and your patients.

When you need direct access to physicians and their known patients or research practice management solutions to accelerate your clinical trials, there’s Only Elligo.

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