Logistical Planning for Trial Delivery


January 26, 2016

We’re working on this section. For now, have a look at: The UK has a big network of trial managers, the UK Trial Managers’ Network. It has produced a free guide to efficient trial management.

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Top 5 Logistical Planning for Trial Delivery Tips


Efficient logistics starts with efficient design. It’s important that trial managers are involved in trial design and costing.


Remember, someone needs to think about details. Blood samples will not get from a clinic to a central lab in another city on their own.


It’s a good idea to create a participant scheduling spreadsheet to avoid events such as all your participants being due for trial visits at the same time but you don’t have staff (or rooms) to deal with them.


Standard Operating Procedures can seem a bit dull but they help to a) make sure everyone is doing the same thing and b) writing things down highlights uncertainties in what you need to do, which can then be ironed out.


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More About Logistical Planning for Trial Delivery

Clinical trials are big and sometimes ferocious beasts to manage, requiring careful planning to ensure that they run effectively through to completion. In trials of investigational medicinal products, guaranteeing the prompt supply of drug products can be a challenge; trials are becoming larger; complex dosing regimens often require drug packaging to be flexible and usable in multiple study countries. Other types of trials have their own specific hurdles to overcome, for example trials involving medical devices must ensure these machines or apps are tested regularly to ensure consistent compliance. And someone needs to think about the containers for blood sampling and how to move them around the country.  Without logistical preparation a trial can be delayed or halted and data collection points missed, ultimately affecting the validity and usefulness of trial results.

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