Recently published in Trials, this article provides a suggested roadmap on how to establish a Clinical Trial Network in Australia. By working collaboratively and sharing existing infrastructure, CTNs enable the ability to attract funding and undertake more influential studies. In turn, this can lead to the generation of better evidence that can be embedded in the healthcare system.
However, barriers to forming a CTN such as cost and perceived threats to independence can increase the difficulty of this process. It is hoped that by providing a roadmap for clinical trialists considering setting up a CTN, the process will be easier as there are resources to guide this journey.
This guide has come about through discussions with members of the ACTA Clinical Trial Network Sector Expansion Reference Group consisting of clinical trialists, clinicians, researchers, and consumers; and uses detail from several ACTA resources that support the effective and efficient running of clincial trials.