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How medical equipment choices can benefit patients and improve clinical trial retention

Patient recruitment is a major challenge in designing and managing clinical trials; and retaining participants once a trial commences is just as important.

When clinical trial volunteers drop out of studies it can impact study timescales, costs and the validity of study data.

Increasingly, researchers and sponsors are recognising the need to design patient-centric studies and reduce the burden on clinical trial participants. 

This article takes a detailed look at how the use of point of care testing (POCT) equipment can have a material effect on the success of clinical trials, specifically as it relates to the challenges of participant retention. New POCT technology is helping make trial participation easier and less time consuming, and has the potential to help resolve some of the key challenges around participant retention for clinical trials.

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