Marketing and clinical trials: a case study
Francis, David, Roberts, Ian, Elbourne, Diana R., Shakur, Haleema, Knight, Rosemary C., Garcia, Jo, Snowdon, Claire, Entwistle, Vikki A., McDonald, Alison M. and Grant, Adrian M. (2007) Marketing and clinical trials: a case study Trials, 8 (37). ISSN 1745-6215
Official URL: http://www.trialsjournal.com/content/8/1/37
Background: Publicly funded clinical trials require a substantial commitment of time and money. To ensure that sufficient numbers of patients are recruited it is essential that they address important questions in a rigorous manner and are managed well, adopting effective marketing strategies. Methods: Using methods of analysis drawn from management studies, this paper presents a structured assessment framework or reference model, derived from a case analysis of the MRC's CRASH trial, of 12 factors that may affect the success of the marketing and sales activities associated with clinical trials. Results: The case study demonstrates that trials need various categories of people to buy in – hence, to be successful, trialists must embrace marketing strategies to some extent. Conclusion: The performance of future clinical trials could be enhanced if trialists routinely considered these factors.
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