Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2021; 25 (2): 1158-1162

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202101_24686

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical research in hospitals: observational study in the first epicenter of the epidemic during the general lockdown in France

G. Becker, T. Martin, A.N. Sabo, F. Bertrand, A. Hutt, E. Ayme-Dietrich, B. Michel, L. Monassier, B. Gourieux

Pôle Pharmacie-Pharmacologie, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France. g.becker@unistra.fr


OBJECTIVE: The COVID-19 epidemic has had a strong impact on the entire healthcare sector in France with priority being given to research for new therapeutic options for COVID-19. Nevertheless, continuity of care for patients suffering from other diseases represents a crucial challenge, and clinical research is no exception in this respect. This study aims to assess the impact of the strict Covid-19 lockdown on non-Covid-19 clinical research in the French University Hospital of Strasbourg.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Clinical research activity (non-Covid-19) from the point of view of pharmacy department was estimated and compared to the pre-lockdown period. The impact of lockdown was assessed through five indicators: site initiation visits, the initiation of experimental therapies in non-Covid-19 patients, the delivery of non-Covid-19 investigational medical products, the number of drug shipments to patients’ homes, and the number of monitoring or closure visits.

RESULTS: During the study period, the number of site initiation visits decreased by 90%, total inclusions by 72%, and delivery of investigational medical products by 30%. During the lockdown period, 15 treatments were sent to patients’ homes. Monitoring activity decreased by 98%.

CONCLUSIONS: Although the COVID-19 outbreak has created an incredible momentum in the field of clinical research, research not focused on SaRS-CoV-2 has suffered greatly from this situation. The impact on patients is difficult to estimate but should be further investigated.

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G. Becker, T. Martin, A.N. Sabo, F. Bertrand, A. Hutt, E. Ayme-Dietrich, B. Michel, L. Monassier, B. Gourieux
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical research in hospitals: observational study in the first epicenter of the epidemic during the general lockdown in France

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2021
Vol. 25 - N. 2
Pages: 1158-1162
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202101_24686