Status of clinical research in Germany and COVID-19. There has never been something similar in the recent history in a globalized such as an epidemic. People are being quarantined and asked to stay home. Entire countries are shutting down bringing the public life as we now it to an end.
As one of the leading patient platforms in Germany we one the one hand experience first-hands the economic downturn and the worsening climate but on the other hand wanted to get a comprehensive understanding on how clinical research is being perceived and what subject matter experts think about the current developments. So we set forth and decided to conduct a survey about the state of clinical research and by asking patients, study sites and sponsors, our goal was to get a detailed picture by each stakeholder on how they perceive clinical research regarding the recent developments. Over 1,200 patients, 50 study sites and 25 sponsors have participated and enabled us to share those insights with the broader clinical research community.
These numbers and the current state of clinical research in Germany are to be understood as a snapshot and a status quo. As there are rapid developments in all areas across the country the numbers and the assessments of the clinical research experts can change at any time. A similar situation like that has never been here before so it is great to see that everyone is moving cautiously forward and that patients have not changed their mind when it comes to clinical trial participation