Professor Judith Trotman
Haematologist, Concord Repatriation General Hospital,
University of Sydney, Concord, Australia
Professor Judith Trotman (University of Sydney) is a haematologist and Kiwi-Australian lymphoma clinician researcher who leads a number of international trials collaborations in charting the role of PET scanning in lymphoma. She is committed to embedding research into clinical care as the founder of the Concord Hospital Haematology Clinical Research Unit, Sydney. A Board member of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance she is also committed to the implementation of research findings into practice. A modern academic she has developed a number of digital practice and research initiatives in collaboration with colleagues and patients, including the ClinTrial Refer smartphone Application.
ClinTrial Refer: A New APProach to Increasing Cross-Referral and Recruitment to Clinical Trials
J. Trotman1 R. Ristuccia2,
1 Haematology, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney, Australia Haematology, 2St George Hospital, Kogarah, Australia.
ClinTrial Refer is a mobile smartphone app and web platform http://www.clintrial.org.au connecting doctors and patients to currently recruiting trials. ClinTrial Refer has searchable details, including locations and inclusion / exclusion criteria. Its launch in Haematology, New South Wales, Australia resulted in an immediate and sustained increase in reciprocal cross referrals, recruitment and unit staffing. It has been replicated to 20 derivative Apps for other trial networks. We aimed to create ClinTrial Refer Version 2.0 - to integrate all apps into a single digital platform.
A ClinTrial Refer V2.0 Management Team included subject matter experts from existing App licensees. A scoping exercise to determine project priorities for future functionality was undertaken. Critical to the methodology has been retaining the collaborations of small networks (with existing apps) to maintain currency and completeness of recruiting trials data. One overall ClinTrial Refer app was developed while enabling users to select a default app.
Local capability to list/delist recruitment capacity for individual cohorts in early phase trials will improve the currency of data. Standardisation of site locations and of search criteria, including naming of health conditions, has been done across networks/disciplines. Healthy volunteer trials are included. Linkages to the ANZCTR and ClinicalTrials.gov are being refined for automatic downloads of relevant data fields.
ClinTrial Refer V2.0 has been demonstrated on beta testing to be a robust, compatible digital platform, retaining the ease-of-use and speed of searching. Ready to go-live October 2019 the single app reduces digital hosting costs for trial networks and enables new functionality to be developed and distributed globally.
ClinTrial Refer has solved a critical knowledge management problem in trials conduct. A simple smartphone Application in the clinicians’, study coordinators’ and patients’ pocket it provides instant knowledge all currently recruiting trials across a network. A tool to facilitate collaboration, it will continue to significantly enhance cross-referral and recruitment, increasing patient access to emerging therapies, and supporting the viability of trial units across Australia and beyond. Potential additions under scope are ClinTrial Ready - listing site capabilities, and ClinTrial Recruit - capturing real-time recruitment metrics for sites and network managers.