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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants
SJR: 0.332 SNIP: 0.491 CiteScore™: 0.89

ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.v19.i3.100
pages 241-245

Finding a Contract Research Organization for Your Research Trial

Nicole Simunovic
McMaster University, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Hamilton, Ontario L8L 8E3, Canada
Sheila Sprague
Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; University of Rochester Medical Center, Orthopaedics Department, Rochester, NY
Mohit Bhandari
CLARITY Research Group, McMaster University, Department of Orthopedic Surgery Musculoskeletal Research Unit, Canada and Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Hamilton General Hospital, Canada


Clinical research organizations (CROs) can provide consulting services and support to assist with the conduct of clinical trials from site initiation to study close-out. As the number of CROs continues to increase, it can be difficult to determine the optimal organization to help manage a large or even a small-scale project. We present uses for and attributes to consider when choosing a CRO, and provide examples of four CROs specializing in various therapeutic areas.