A group of prominent researchers understand all too well the importance of the clinical research as a care option, particularly for cancer care where research can actually make a difference between life and death. Hence the notion that clinical trial participation if intelligently matched can lead to progress in cancer care. While past research has delved into the educational and resource necessities of adult oncology providers, no research to date centered on providers of pediatric oncology care. Hence, this most recent research endeavor sought to identify the educational requirements as well as any prominent barriers involving the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Children’s Oncology Group (COG) sites to boost quality of site investigator engagement.
The Study & Results
This study involved a number of surveys designed to elicit accurate and scientific-like responses to the research teams core inquiries. For example, they performed “quality improvement surveys of pediatric clinical research staff at NCORP sites.”
The team found that a majority of investigators and coordinators at NCORP COG (63%) report an incomplete understanding of NCORP structure. They note nearly half express interest in developing stronger, more meaningful collaborations. Notably, a majority of NCORP COG PIs report barriers to clinical trial enrollment—which isn’t a surprise at 78%. The providers responded that they don’t have sufficient time (39% each) nor research support to overcome clinical trial barriers.
The study authors suggest that an enhancement in contributions made to pediatric cancer clinical research at COG NCORP sites are needed to improve education, resources and time allocation.