Clinical trials — the personal perspective of the research physician?

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Background. The organization of clinical trials (CTs) requires the participation and coordination of healthcare providers, patients, public and private parties. Obstacles to the participation of any of these groups pose a risk of lowering the potential for the implementation of CTs. Researchers are a key human resource in conducting of CT. Their motivation for participation can have a significant impact on the recruitment and retention of patients, on the quality of the data collected, which determines the overall outcome of the study.

Aims — to assess the factors affecting the inclusion of Russian physicians-researchers in CT, and to determine their role in relations with patients-participants.

Materials and methods. The study was organized as a part of the Russian multicenter face-to-face study. A survey was conducted of researchers from 10 cities of Russia (2017–2018). The participation in the survey for doctors was anonymous and voluntary.

Results. The study involved 78 respondents. Most research doctors highly value the importance of research for science (4,84 ± 0,39), society (4,67 ± 0,46) and slightly lower for participating patients (4,44 ± 0,61). The expectations of medical researchers are related to improving their financial situation and attaining new experience (n = 14; 18,18%). However, the opportunity to work with new technologies of treatment and diagnosis (n = 41; 52,56%) acted as a motivating factor. According to the questionnaire, the vast majority of research doctors (n = 29; 37,18%) believe that the main reason for patients to participate in CT is to receive quality and free medical care. The most significant obstacle to the inclusion of participants in CT was the side effects of the study drug (n = 38; 48,71%).

Conclusions. The potential of clinical researchers in Russia is very high. The patient-participant acts for the research doctor as the subject of the study, and not the object, so the well-being of the patient is not indifferent to the doctor. However, the features of the functioning of our health care system form the motivation of doctors-researchers (additional earnings, professional self-development) and the way they perceive the motivation of patients (CT as an opportunity to receive quality medical care).

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Maria Y. Egorova

Siberian State Medical University

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3603-4774
SPIN-code: 4937-1342

Russian Federation, 2 Moskovsky tract, 634050, Tomsk


Irina A. Shuvalova

Siberian State Medical University

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6079-172X
SPIN-code: 1334-6411

Russian Federation, Tomsk


Olga I. Zvonareva

Siberian State Medical University; University of Maastricht

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5548-7491
SPIN-code: 9145-4513

Russian Federation, Tomsk; Maastricht

Research Fellow, Assistant Professor, PhD

Igor D. Pimenov

Integrative Approaches to Public Health and Healthcare Siberian State Medical University

ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3866-100X
SPIN-code: 3757-0769

Russian Federation, Tomsk

Research Fellow

Olga S. Kobyakova

Siberian State Medical University

ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0098-1403
SPIN-code: 1373-0903

Russian Federation, Tomsk

MD, PhD, Professor

Ivan A. Deev

Siberian State Medical University

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4449-4810
SPIN-code: 2730-0004

Russian Federation, Tomsk

MD, PHD, Professor

Evgeny S. Kulikov

Siberian State Medical University

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0088-9204
SPIN-code: 9934-1476

Russian Federation, Tomsk

MD, PhD, Professor


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