Five Reasons Why Every Clinical Research Site Should Consider Joining a Site Network

For many research sites, navigating the clinical trial landscape can be very intimidating. Gaining credibility, making meaningful connections with sponsors and CROs, and finding new study opportunities can be difficult and time-consuming, and doing these things while also conducting high-quality research can be even more challenging. To combat these challenges, many research sites turn to clinical research site networks. Site networks offer many benefits to research sites, but here are five main reasons why every clinical research site should consider joining a site network:

1.)    Access to New Clinical Trial Opportunities

Finding and completing studies is the backbone of any clinical research site, but identifying and obtaining studies that are right for your site can be very challenging. The clinical trial landscape is extremely competitive, so standing out to sponsors and CROs is crucial in being selected for the studies you want. Joining a site network is a great way for research sites to gain credibility, and sponsors and CROs often look to site networks first to find sites to conduct their trials. Site networks secure hundreds of new study opportunities every year, so joining a site network is a great way for research sites to find new study opportunities.

2.)    Introductions to New Sponsors/CROs

A huge part securing study opportunities for your research site is having established relationships with sponsors and CROs, but establishing these relationships is easier said than done. Another benefit of joining a site network is that site networks already have good relationships with many different sponsors and CROs, which takes the pressure off research sites to form these relationships. By taking the pressure of forming relationships with sponsors and CROs off of your research site, you can focus on what is really important - your patients and your research.

3.)    Single Point of Contact

Effective communication between research sites and sponsors and CROs is a crucial part of the clinical research process, but this process isn’t always easy. Site networks can offer the benefit of a single point of contact between research sites and the sponsor/CROs, which makes the communication process much simpler for both parties. Effective communications between research sites and sponsors/CROs can lead to much more effective study start-up times, which is something that every research site should aim for.

4.)    Streamlined and Accelerated Study Start-Up Process

Study start-up times are a challenge for sponsors, CROs, and sites alike, but joining a site network can greatly accelerate and streamline this process. Site networks can accelerate the study-start up process in many different ways, including assisting with submission processes, negotiating contracts with sponsors and CROs, and helping with patient recruitment. By improving study start-up times, research sites can build their reputation while still maintaining focus on their patients and research.

5.)    Site Networks Centralize Administrative Functions

For many research sites, administrative functions can sometimes be pushed to the back burner. Many research sites would rather focus on their patients and research, which makes finding time for administrative tasks difficult. Research sites may not have allocated staff to focus on exclusively on administrative functions, but another great benefit of site networks is that they offer many services to help centralize these administrative functions. Administrative functions that site networks can help centralize include account receivables and financial services, business development, and contract and budget negotiations. Site networks can help centralize these administrative functions all while allowing the research site to focus on what is most important to them.

Conclusion

No two research sites are the same, and finding what works for one research site may be different for another. Site networks provide anything from a-la-carte services to full-scope staffing and financial services, which gives research sites a lot of flexibility. Site networks are a great way for research sites to find what processes work for them, all while streamlining their study start-up processes, building meaningful relationships with sponsors and CROs, and most importantly, letting research sites focus on what they do best: care for patients.