It’s hard to overstate the importance of a well-done clinical trial. Without a clinical trial, your progress toward marketing your new product will be quickly halted. When it’s busy, though, it can be easy to put clinical trials on the backburner until you can free up the resources that you need. The good news, though, is that there are ways to work around this impasse so that you can finish the work on time while still handling the new work that comes in.
Running a full-scale clinical trial takes a lot of resources. When you’re experiencing high volumes, this could stretch your resources to the point that you have to put the clinical trial on hold. If you opt for a phased approach, though, you can either stagger the start dates for the various trials or perform a scaled-down trial and then perform another small-scale trial when you have more resources available. This will keep progress moving and ensure that you don’t get behind.
If you want to continue to move full-speed ahead, you’re going to need some outside help. That’s where a clinical research organization comes in. With a singular focus on preparing and performing clinical trials, a clinical research organization can help relieve the pressure on your personnel so that you can hit your deadlines without compromises.
In some cases, it may be possible to shift resources around so that you can do the work that needs to be done without a hit to the quality of the work that’s done. To do this, though, you must first analyze the resources that you have available to see how they can be utilized more effectively. Whether it’s a team that’s working on a non-urgent project or a resource that can be brought online without breaking the bank, it’s important to get creative when it’s crunch time.
To help offset the current workload, it may make sense to change your clinical trials so that they take place over a longer period of time. In many cases, this will allow fewer personnel to track the progress during the trial, meaning that you can shift other individuals to other projects. This will allow you to achieve the same quality results without stretching your available resources too thin.
No matter how you choose to move forward, it’s important that you never sacrifice quality to get the job done. Even if it takes longer or costs more, sacrificing quality will only have negative long-term consequences. Fortunately, with the suggestions above, you’ll never get to the point that you have to consider sacrificing quality to meet internal deadlines.