Publicly Searchable Database of Recruiting Studies
There are multiple sources for clinical trial listings at UCSF that are available to the general public via the web. These sources draw their information from the national ClinicalTrials.gov registration system that is required prior to recruitment into an interventional drug, biologic or device clinical trial. While this is a trusted source of clinical trials information there is significant opportunity for improvement with regard to how potential research participants locate, search, and receive accurate and information that will lead to informed interest and participation in research studies at UCSF. By limiting searches for UCSF clinical studies to clinical trials registered with ClinicalTrials.gov the major deficiencies include:
- Registration is only required for interventional drug, biologic or device clinical trials – representing a limited proportion of all UCSF clinical research studies
- Post-registration updates to recruitment status and contact information not required or enforced and are therefore often outdated
- Summaries presented to general public are not presented in lay terms as derived directly from registration form
We feel that by creating a UCSF-centric listing with the public’s interest in mind that we can not only provide a valuable service to our patients and potential research participants, but can facilitate increased interest and enrollment into UCSF clinical research studies.
We propose to incorporate a searchable database of recruiting studies at UCSF in a simple web-based format that is uniform and appropriately written for the general public while leveraging existing and planned participant recruitment resources. We will focus on the following approach in an effort to improve accessibility to information on recruiting clinical studies at UCSF:
- Create a basic website with educational information on clinical research participation and a current listing of all UCSF studies that are recruiting, with GoogleSiteSearch functionality
- Develop a structured template for describing clinical studies at UCSF in lay language and provide examples and best practices to researchers on how to describe their study
- Obtain monthly reports from iMedRis of studies approved for participant recruitment; provide investigators with the template and notification of listing opportunity
- Upon receipt of completed study description, provide editorial by medical writer for approval by investigator
- Post study to website for search by the general public, including contact information for study staff
- Provide monthly updates to website listings and contact information for study staff
3. Criteria and Metrics for Success
Metrics include number of studies engaged and posted to website (interventional clinical trial vs. non), number of searches per month, number of studies accurately reflective of currently enrolling studies at UCSF per iMedRis as compared to ClinicalTrials.gov listings at quarterly time points.
4. Approximate Cost and Justification
$44,000 for costs of web programming, search capabilities, 30%FTE medical writer and 10%FTE technical coordinator.
iMedRis administrators, ISU
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