benefits that impact their day-to-day lives, and collaboration
between community physicians and clinical research will
increasingly benefit the healthcare system overall.
These benefits extend to the development of new biophar-
maceuticals, as well. By providing data that represent an
accurate real-world sample of study patients and that allow for
accurate identification of qualified patients, community-based
research also can shorten enrollment times, according to
Michael Ibara, Pharm.D., vice president of data sciences with
Elligo Health Research. Furthermore, over time, conducting
research in community-based practices will decrease the high
cost of patient recruitment and retention—two elements that
comprise a significant portion of the cost of drug development.
In essence, when the industry expands clinical research
beyond academic medical centers and into community phy-
sician practices, the benefits come full circle. More patients
participate, gaining a high level of care they might not other-
wise receive, and their participation enables new treatments
to enter the market—ultimately, decreasing the cost of qual-
ity care for all patients.
Alycia Rose James is a healthcare consultant with 20 years of
experience focused primarily on multispecialty group practices transitioning to value-based care. Mary Costello is vice president, Clinic
Development & Patient Advocacy, at Elligo Health Research.
Independent Physicians’ Perceptions of Participating
in Clinical Research
0 20 40 60 80 100%
Advances my practice with cutting-edge options
Provides options not accessible elsewhere
Improves patient adherence
Improves clinical outcomes
Decreases cost of care
Improves patient engagement
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