The Clinical Trials Systems Project utilizes systems thinking and design principles to visualize the current clinical trials system, analyze the gaps and impediments in the current system, and develop a portfolio of recommendations for improving the system. Our process is unique in that our multidisciplinary team consists of researchers who are outsiders to the clinical trials system, but experts in their own field.
We did not start with any hypothesis, and utilized systems thinking throughout the project. Systems-thinking looks at the inter connectivity of actions and studies a problem as a whole. This approach considers the system as a sum of its parts where a change in any one part has system-wide ramifications. This enabled us to discover areas that have not yet been addressed by other groups but will have a major impact on the clinical trials system as a whole.
We collaborated with a broad range of expert and non-expert stakeholders through all phases of the project to develop a set of relevant, systems based proposals.