Challenges Facing Clinical Research: An Example From a Middle Eastern Country

  •  Jamal Zekri    


INTRODUCTION: Most countries thrive to build and expand national research. Challenges may hinder clinical researchers and potential researchers particularly in developing countries. We aim to study some of these challenges in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). 

METHODS: A questionnaire reflecting possible challenges was completed by delegates and faculties of 5 cancer related educational scientific meetings.

RESULTS: One hundred and forty seven responders were practicing in KSA and are the subject of this report. Ninety five (64.6%) were physicians. While 122 (83%) are interested in conducting research, service commitments and inadequate time, process of research approval within the department and obtaining financial funding were the most frequent challenges reported by 86 (58.5%), 61 (41.5%) and 53 (36.1%) of responders.

CONCLUSION: Major challenges hinder clinical research development. The identified challenges need to be seriously addressed if advances in clinical research are to be expected.

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