How to Leverage the Increasingly Important Role of Home Health Providers in Clinical Research

The Covid-19 pandemic has already altered the role of home health providers; demand has increased, recruitment pipelines are full, and the move to home-based care is on the rise. On the horizon is another shift, one that puts home health professionals squarely in the world of clinical research trials. As clinical trial leaders and sponsors alike continue the transition to decentralized models, there is greater opportunity for these critical home health professionals to be integral in disease treatment research. 

Clinical trials sites should consider how this shift affects their operations and learn how to prepare for decentralized trial management in partnership with patient care professions. 

  • Telehealth has brought healthcare directly into patients’ living rooms, and now remote trials are replicating those in-home supports to enhance research efficacy.  Decentralized trials address constraints including mobility, transportation or distance issues. These are the same issues home health professionals support so understanding their needs, how they provide care, and their role in patient-centric clinical trials can maximize participation. 
  • Business analytics stemming from decentralized trial deployment clearly shows how home health workers’ engagement can benefit both trial efficacy and site profitability. Missed visits mean lost revenue – by incorporating home health professionals into the process, visit rates will likely increase as will research business margins. Decentralized trials also enhance participation, retention, and protocol adherence, all areas that can be further enhanced by leveraging the expertise and support of home health providers. 
  • In order to execute a decentralized trial model, sites must embrace the myriad of technologies that make DCTs possible. Wearable technology, CTMS, eClinical applications, and eHealth systems all rely on in-home self reporting. Sites must ensure home health care professionals understand how to use in-home clinical trial technology. Another equally important consideration is how to address digital regulatory and document management in instances where the patients are receiving reporting support from home health care workers. 

Incorporating home health providers as a key stakeholder in clinical trial work reduces patient burden and maximizes opportunities for success. Optimizing this group’s positive influence and establishing successful decentralized trials necessitates strong management software. If you need help selecting the right system to support decentralized management, request a demo of our powerful CTMS and eClinical solutions. Our team will work with you to ensure that it’s the solution for your site and work with you through every step of the process.

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