How can trials be designed to minimise burden on staff and participants and how does this affect retention?

  • “Follow up data should be as closely aligned to standard care as possible, or it runs the risk of being overly burdensome to collect, leading to missing or poor data. Streamlining studies not only makes it easier to administer and deliver, but also minimises the burden on patients and funders, and delivers results in a more timely manner.” (A trial methodologist)
  • “Making the trial relevant to the individual participants is very important and avoiding too complicated or long information sheets or questionnaires which will not get generalisable responses” (Investigator (e.g. Chief Investigator, Principal Investigator, Co-investigator))