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How can community hospitals contribute to, benefit from and develop new capacity for clinical research?

A growing body of evidence suggests that research-intensive hospitals contribute to better patient outcomes. While historically less common, the number of community hospitals engaging in clinical research and the volume and complexity of these studies are growing, reflecting the strength community hospitals can bring to clinical research.

As we explore in our Longwoods publication, “Fostering Clinical Research in the Community Hospital: Opportunities and Best Practices”, clinical research can better position community hospitals to test and adopt cutting-edge products, and increase the cost-effectiveness and quality of care. Through effective clinical research practices, community hospitals can meet the unique needs of the patients and communities they serve. 

In order to foster a thriving clinical research environment in a community hospital setting, the following must be considered: 

  1. How can community hospitals optimize training and incentives to support and encourage clinical research? 
  2. How can community hospitals operationalize a clinical research enterprise?
  3. How can community hospitals make clinical research impactful?

As we explain in the article, establishing and strengthening a clinical research program in a community hospital is a complex and challenging undertaking. We discuss the resources, best practices and success stories that can be called upon when developing and incentivizing clinical researchers, operationalizing the clinical research enterprise and making clinical research impactful.

Shift Health’s Adrian Snihur, Anne Mullin and Ryan Wiley co-authored the article with Andrew Haller and Linnea Aasen-Johnston from Clinical Trials Ontario; Patrick Clifford from Southlake Regional Health Centre; Katie Reposa and Paul MacPherson from  University Health Network

Discover more by reading our article in Longwoods here