People working in healthcare are good people.
Driven by the urge to cure the diseased, driven by the passion to help other people. This is the core value of every hospital and every institution in healthcare; the people, the researchers the unsung heroes that keep the wheels turning. I am so lucky to be able to speak to these people daily and discuss how clinical trials could “make a difference”.
The Issues faced by the researcher
Speaking with a passionate researcher about his/her study is nothing short of amazing and always brings a welcoming encouragement to my everyday work. These researchers usually have an idea, a solution, a twisted view on how to work out a problem. They dig in, they go through countless cups of coffee, they are sleep deprived and they really get their hands dirty. They want to be that what is required of them, a vital part of a developing body, a developing institution whose mission is bringing better health to the visitors of that very institution: the patients. But everyone who has worked with clinical trials knows that to succeed in bringing that idea to life costs blood, sweat and, tears. Am I complying with GCP? Is this secure enough for my patients? Is this ethical? Do I have enough funding to run this study? Do I have enough time? Can I recruit enough patients in this time frame? Is the team ready to fulfill the study protocol?
Every researcher knows these questions, and these are only a few of the obstacles a clinical researcher has to overcome while conducting a clinical trial. These people are the heroes, they are the main characters, supporting actors, and extras in the movie, a movie about something amazing. These people have a common passion for more quality in health care, which outweighs the inconveniences. And the inconveniences are really the bad guys of the story. No one likes them, and everyone is a bit irritated, maybe afraid, of them.
Addressing the Inconvenient through Software
However, some of these inconveniences are there to stay, but not all of them. The researcher doesn’t have to jump over, all of the hurdles. Maybe it’s possible to go under the hurdle, maybe it’s possible to go past them with much more ease. When you identify the hurdles and learn a bit about them, the inconvenient will turn from bad to good. And we have to continue we have to keep identifying which hurdles are “just there without a reason” and which are “really not that high”. If we do so, the wheels will keep on running, faster, more smoothly and more gently with less waste and better outcomes. I participate in developing software to address these hurdles because it is in everyone’s best interest to do so, and do it quickly. But the same heroes as I talked about before are already studying these obstacles and are already eliminating unnecessary factors from their trials. That is why I call this article an ode to the researcher, that is why I tip my hat off for you, you working in clinical research – keep on digging.