Deerfield, Illinois (PRWEB) December 04, 2013
Although the number of clinical trials has grown over the past two decades, community hospitals generally haven’t capitalized on clinical trial programs to help them generate revenues, enhance community prestige or recruit and retain physicians, according to a new survey of clinical research professionals and hospital executives.
The first-of-its-kind survey of 183 healthcare industry professionals reveals that while clinical research programs are perceived to have a positive impact on their organizations, community hospitals often lack the resources, structure or commitment to succeed in the long run.
The 2013 Community Hospital Survey, commissioned by GuideStar Clinical Trials Management, was developed in collaboration with CenterWatch, a publishing and market intelligence company focusing on the clinical trials industry.
“Our results show that community hospitals have largely remained on the sidelines when it comes to clinical trials,” said Kristin P. Hutchins, president and CEO of GuideStar, which builds, manages and supports clinical research programs in community healthcare settings. “We wanted to learn why these hospitals have been slow or unable to participate in this growth opportunity.”
Results show that clinical research programs are perceived to have a positive impact on community hospitals in numerous ways, including the contribution to medical science (92 percent of respondents), the opportunity to provide cutting-edge therapies to the community (86 percent), and the enhancement of a hospital’s image (73 percent). Also cited was physician satisfaction (63 percent) and giving hospitals a competitive advantage (49 percent).
Hospital executives were asked to rate the most important attributes of a clinical research program and the impact of those attributes on their hospitals. The most important, cited by 57 percent of executives, was “overall impact on hospital service quality,” with 46 percent of executives saying this attribute had a strong positive impact on their hospitals.
Challenges to success
Despite the positive perceptions and attributes of clinical trials, barriers to establishing research exist in some community hospitals, according to the survey. These include lack of resources (63 percent), lack of internal clinical research program awareness (61 percent), insufficient staffing (59 percent) and lack of financial support (41 percent).
The survey, conducted earlier this year, provided greater insight into the impact and perceptions hospital leaders have about clinical research in a community hospitals.
The survey revealed additional insights. Here are some:
“Fortunately, community hospitals across the nation appear poised to become more actively involved in research, which could trigger increased activity for the clinical trials industry,” said Ken Getz is founder of CenterWatch, a privately-owned publishing and information services provider of clinical trials information for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, research organizations, investigative sites, academic research and health centers and other organizations. “With broader efforts to educate hospitals and raise awareness among the community, along with greater investment in building the infrastructure to support trial activity, community hospitals could nurture thriving clinical programs.”
So how does the hospital C-suite get past some of the challenges uncovered by the survey? There are several keys to success when starting or enhancing a clinical research program:
Survey results and methodology are available at http://www.guidestarclinical.com/go/ch-survey-results/?lp-variation-id=0.
About GuideStar Clinical Trials Management
GuideStar Clinical Trials Management builds, manages and supports clinical research programs in community healthcare settings, increasing revenue and enhancing reputation for hospitals around the nation. For more information, please visit http://www.guidestarclinical.com.