Dr. Neumayer on the Challenges of Clinical Trial Recruitment

Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, discusses the challenges of recruiting patients for clinical trials.

Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, professor of surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, co-director of the multidisciplinary team treating breast cancer at Huntsman Cancer Institute, discusses the challenges of recruiting patients for clinical trials.

The majority of clinical trials are not successful because they do not recruit enough patients, Neumayer says. In order to have a successful recruitment of a clinical trial, physicians have to make sure that the sites of the clinical trial have an adequate patient population. Neumayer says it is expensive to conduct clinical trials and there are a lot of compliance and regulatory issues.

It is also important to have good databases at the clinical trial sites, Neumayer says. However, it is difficult to recruit even 25% of eligible patients because of the commitment involved.

Neumayer says it is important to have the whole team know about the clinical trial so they can discuss it with the patients early on.