International Journal of Academic Research and Development

International Journal of Academic Research and Development


International Journal of Academic Research and Development
International Journal of Academic Research and Development
Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2018)

Overview of clinical research logistics in Saudi Arabia; Barriers and difficulties facing researchers-clinical researchers’ perception


May M Gamee

Introduction: In reputable educational institutions, clinical research is one of educational process compartments. Internationally, research affects the ranking of universities. Research is one of main performance indicators considered in methodology of international ranking entities such as Times Higher Education World University Rankings (9). The objective of this research is to determine the barriers and obstacles facing clinical research conducted in Saudi Arabia. We aimed to highlight the weakness points as well as the areas to improve during clinical research cycle, hence solutions could be made to boost the growth of research productivity within the kingdom. Methodology: A survey was used to measure to identify the researchers' perspectives, measure their satisfaction with the clinical research aspects and pay attention to the barriers and difficulties they meet during their research work within different departments of well-known academic institution in Riyadh. Results: The total of 192 researchers from different departments and variable career levels shared their perspectives about research current situation within the medical city and what might be the barriers of increasing the research productivity. Conclusion: Clinical researchers showed high interest in conducting clinical researches and welcome working in clinical trials. As academic institution, it motivates the research conduct by applying a rewarding system for the academic staff. However, research team members could be included in a recognition system to motivate them to increase their productivity. Mostly, time is the main barrier hinders the research conduct and causes lots of delayed deliverables. Actions can be taken to improve the processes required to conduct the clinical research and reduce the time consumed in preparation for the initiation of the research, whereas time is the key player in the research production: time for getting IRB approval as well as time taken for contracting. It is recommended to build specialized units for clinical research and support the existing research entities logistically and financially to enhance the progress of clinical research and growth of research outputs. Awareness should be raised by conducting workshops and lectures to enlighten the researchers about ethical requirements, current and updated SOPs.
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May M Gamee. Overview of clinical research logistics in Saudi Arabia; Barriers and difficulties facing researchers-clinical researchers’ perception. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 3, Issue 4, 2018, Pages 168-175
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