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Decentralised clinical trials in rural Australia: Opportunities and challenges

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posted on 2024-06-03, 04:01 authored by Sandra Walsh, Pascale Dettwiller, Lee Puah, Hannah BeksHannah Beks, Vincent VersaceVincent Versace, Martin Jones
AbstractAimsTo present opportunities and a model to redress the under‐representation of rural communities and people in Australian clinical trials.ContextClinical trials are essential for building and understanding the health evidence base. The lack of representation of rural people in clinical trials is evident in other countries. Examining the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry (ANZCTR) suggests this is also the case in Australia.ApproachWe propose an approach that empowers rurally based academics and clinicians to co‐design clinical trials and increase rural Australians' participation in clinical trials to address this inequality of access. A case study of a decentralised, co‐designed clinical trial is presented to support this approach.ConclusionDecentralising clinical trials could improve access to clinical trials, strengthen the social capital of rural communities and help address the health inequalities that exist between rural and metropolitan communities.

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Journal

Australian Journal of Rural Health

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1038-5282

eISSN

1440-1584

Language

eng

Publication classification

C4 Letter or note

Publisher

Wiley

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