Why Technological Considerations Matter in Decentralized Trials

Evaluating potential technological barriers among participants can help to improve study outcomes

Monica Bandy, MB.

Monica Bandy, MB.

  • July, 2021

As a previous Clinical Research Coordinator, I understand the importance of meeting recruitment goals; however, I also understand the importance of evaluating whether someone is the right fit for a study. Decentralized clinical trials offer great value and inclusivity, as people can participate in a clinical trial from the comfort of their own homes. The adoption of telemedicine for decentralized trials has served as an advantage for enrollment efforts since it provides convenience for patients. Although virtual clinical trials may provide convenience, they also come with unique challenges. In decentralized trials, patients are commonly expected to record data through online systems, electronic devices, or mobile healthcare devices. Depending on the demographic of a study, evaluating the level of familiarity or accessibility a patient has with technology is a critical step. Technological barriers may inadvertently impact remote monitoring efforts and promote challenges for patients. Since decentralized trials are remote, they should be modeled with a patient-centric approach to compensate for the absence of in-person patient interactions.

Every clinical trial has the potential of facing challenging complexities, which is why proper protocol implementation is critical. At ScienceMedia, we work to reduce the occurrence of barriers, difficulties, and efficacy challenges for clinical trials. While every clinical trial may be vulnerable to complex barriers, proper training procedures can greatly reduce the occurrence of challenges. As a clinical writer, I work to identify key risks for a study and tailor training materials specific to the needs of a study. Here at ScienceMedia we strive to create a strong foundation for trials in an effort to improve efficacy outcomes.


Monica Bandy, MB.

Monica holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from San Jose State and is passionate about public health promotion. As a clinical writer and previous Clinical Research Coordinator, Monica combines her passion for public health promotion and experience to optimize the benefits of SMi TrialD. Monica's goal is to support and contribute to the efficacy efforts of SMi TrialD by implementing risk mitigation strategies for clinical trials.

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