3 Ways A Checklist Can Improve Clinical Trial Efficiency

Enhancing the efficiency of clinical research trial work is critical for site management since sponsors view it as a key metric when evaluating contract awards. Leveraging checklists throughout your site(s) is one of the easiest ways to align work, identify areas for improvement, and ensure internal milestones are reached. These results then feed into overall site effectiveness and efficiency and can be hailed in RFPs and sponsor negotiations. Checklists can be used for a myriad of clinical trial operations including site selection, study startup, and ongoing study management. Here are three ways checklists can immediately improve your team’s efficiency.

#1 Task and Tracking Consistency – It’s likely that each of your site operations has a distinct procedure that has, theoretically, been developed to ensure consistency. Relying on verbal communication or, even more risky, staff member memory, opens the door for procedural missteps. Supporting a clinical research team means giving them tools that make their job easier and, in turn, make your facility run better. Checklists are a clear way to “check” both boxes. 

#2 Time Savings – Yes, adding formal checklists mitigates procedural missteps, but perhaps more importantly,  they allow for clear visualization on each step’s validity. Can a procedure with 10 steps be reduced to eight? Engage the front-line team to help develop each critical checklist and then enact ongoing validation of how the work is done (i.e., could be done better). This  gives your staff ownership of their time and tools to decrease misspent hours, meaning better bottom-line results for the organization. 

#3 Remote Team Support – Decentralized trial management will likely prove to be the most important transition the industry undertakes in the coming years. Site management that proactively addresses how to enable remote teams and trials will set themselves apart to sponsors. While technology has a significant role in this shift, practice changes like centralized checklists can be deployed immediately to help support sites’ remote workforce needs.  Established centralized and shared checklists for remotely managed projects ensures every trial is compliant with sponsor and governmental regulations.

Deploying checklists throughout your clinical trial business will not only enhance efficiency, but can make your trial work more effective as well. Download the recording of our latest webinar, “Maximizing Checklists for Trial Management and Quality” to learn more and see our CTMS in action.

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