Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2022 Mar;45(1):179-189. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2021.11.011. Epub 2021 Nov 12.
The COVID-19 pandemic put an unprecedented strain on clinical research worldwide. As in-person clinical trials came to a screeching halt, we sought new ways to move forward, or as Bob Dylan put it, “start swimmin’ or sink like a stone.” Telemedicine has long been a part of medicine and clinical research, but fully remote clinical trials were few and far between. In the midst of the pandemic, at the Washington University School of Medicine we successfully conducted a fully remote clinical trial for a potential COVID-19 therapy, demonstrating the feasibility of fully remote or decentralized clinical trials.