Patients enrolled in clinical trials, and cared for by health services which conduct clinical trials, have better outcomes. As part of a strategic goal to increase clinical trial accessibility for patients with cancer, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) sought to increase clinical trials capability in craft groups with significant clinical, but limited trial expertise. Palliative Care was targeted as one such group.
Aim: To increase clinical trial expertise and therefore patient access to clinical trials across VCCC palliative care services.
Method: Key areas for investment and attention were highlighted to establish this program:
Results: Early in the program a number of learnings are already evident including; the need for adequate time for contractual and financial negotiations; strong clinical relationships at inception facilitates negotiations and program adjustments; critical importance of a strong governance model; importance of baseline data; genuine enthusiasm as clinicians recognise the research opportunities offered by clinical trials.
Conclusion: The strategies and learning from this program of work will be available as a resource with application for the development of clinical trials in other nascent craft groups.