Enhancing Study Site Capacity

Enhancing Study Site Capacity

What do study sites need to be able to reach and enroll more and diverse participants?

Goal: Create the capacity of study sites and research organizations to increase enrollment for an ever-growing portfolio of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias studies.

Ideas in this area might address:

  • Infrastructure investments needed to enhance capacity of sites to accommodate growing number of studies and participants
  • Systems to improve recruitment efficiency
  • Collaboration – with communities, other institutions and study sites, organizations and agencies
  • Workforce diversity, training, and capacity
  • Changes in culture or valuation of clinical research in organizations
  • Effective use of registries
  • Role of funders, organizations, policymakers in implementing

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Enhancing Study Site Capacity

Increase valuation of study recruitment in academic institutions

Foster an environment that incentivizes and prioritizes recruitment, enrollment, and retention in high-quality clinical trials and studies. Communicate to academic leaders that clinical trials work is scientific work and should be rewarded, supported, and recognized accordingly.

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Enhancing Study Site Capacity

Outreach support module

At the site, develop a mechanism to support person(s) to lead planning, networking, implementation, and evaluation of strategies and tactics, potentially a stand-alone add-on module (to a traditional R01) that would fund an Outreach Specialist, the %FTE to be determined by the proposed scope of work. Module would require annual status report and metrics of success for renewal of NIH funds, which would emphasize successful, ...more »

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Enhancing Study Site Capacity

Develop guidelines to recruit and retain diverse and inclusive professional workforce at all levels of the research team.

This could include: 1) Identifying the project’s target populations and develop a staffing and outreach strategy that is appropriately sensitive to this goal. 2) Developing employment descriptions that capture relevant experiences with the target communities and specialized skills (e.g. language facility, familiarity with the community). 3) Identifying opportunities to leverage staffing resources from other academic ...more »

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Pre-identify potential participants

Explore the feasibility of placing amyloid PET scanners in optimal locations and returning results to local sites so investigators can pre-identify suitable candidates. Such an approach might also be applied to screenings and studies which require lumbar punctures. Devote resources to identifying people at risk earlier in the disease process (e.g., genetic, biomarker, clinical, demographic).

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Enhancing Study Site Capacity

Develop community engagement outreach plans as a supplement to recruitment/retention plans

Site recruitment proposals should include a community engagement outreach plan (separate from, but complementary to recruitment/retention plans) as part of the grant application process, which would list strategies to be implemented and an operationalized plan to do so (with an appropriate budget) that would span the life of the grant, with a focus on sustainability of partnerships for other future recruitment efforts. ...more »

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