mCTA adoption and implementation update
Between September 26 and October 25, 2017, the CCTCC and members of the mCTA working group met with key stakeholders of both sponsors and sites to discuss the adoption and implementation of the mCTA. Three meetings were held in Toronto, Montréal and Calgary. The goal of the meetings was increase awareness and understanding of the mCTA, as well as discuss implementation and adoption. The WG leads were available to answer questions that the participants had regarding the development of the contract and indicated that they would also be available after the meetings to answer questions regarding language choices and barriers to adoption.
The discussion at each meeting was focused on adoption and implementation. Specifically, with respect to adoption the questions that were asked are: Who is committed at this point and how do we overcome the challenges and move towards adoption? The second discussion regarding implementation was a practical discussion of what systems and tools needed to be in place to ensure success.
Two of the key things that both sites and sponsors indicated were:
- The importance of increasing awareness of the mCTA which can be achieved through education including presentations at conferences or other meetings as requested by users of the mCTA. In addition, there needs to be a top down approach developed for key stakeholder groups such as IMC and HealthCareCAN.
- Having a publicly available list of sites and sponsors who are committed to using the mCTA.
In addition, there were several topics that were key to the discussion and which feature in the next steps for this initiative. These include the barriers to adoption, the development of an administrative tool to collect feedback and use metrics, as well as the promotion of adoption to stakeholders and the development of a system for annual input into the mCTA. This discussion was considered when developing the next steps.