The Clinical Research Network (CRN) has reported that 732,176 people took part in studies it supported, taking its five-year total to 3,599,944 participants.
2,103 studies were accepted by the CRN in 2019/20, with 1,580 being commercial in nature, i.e. sponsored by industry in addition to the support from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) CRN.
The goal of the CRN is to ensure trials recruit efficiently and start promptly. 70% of the commercial studies supported by the CRN recruited to “time and target”, thanks to the CRN signing-up 28,832 participants.
Dr William van’t Hoff, Chief Executive Officer of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, said:
“I am delighted to see strong results of research delivery, reflecting the tremendous amount of work from many different staff based throughout our entire regional networks and in all healthcare settings. The NIHR CRN is truly showing its reach and opportunity to help researchers and patients across the whole country.”
Read the full report on the NIHR website.