July 1st is the start of the 4th fiscal year for the CLEAR-III trial (the first patient enrolled in Sep-2009). And this year we are introducing a new friendly competition called the CLEAR-III World Cup. Similar to international soccer competitions, regional groups of 3 to 5 clinical sites will be organized into teams. The teams will score points based on achieving certain performance goals such as having a randomization, resolving queries promptly, or completing a patient visit within the expected visit window.
The idea for this unique and exciting competition came from from one of the BIOS Reading Center staff, Sam Tak. Sam has created a wonderful new opportunity to enhance internal collaboration at sites and to foster camaraderie among the trial sites. Of course, we'll use our VISION-EDC system to track each teams scores on a real-time basis.
In round one, there will be 21 teams in the league. This league competition runs from July to December. After December, the top 10 teams will enter into a Champion League competition for a chance to be named the CLEAR-III World Cup Champion. (I hear there will be trophies!). The remaining teams will continue in the Second Chance league competition.
Here's the league line-up for the first round:
USA South Central
USA South Atlantic
USA Macon Dixon
USA North Atlantic
USA/Canada - New England
USA East North Central
USA West North Central
Teams are encouraged to create a name, logo and mascot for their teams!
Here's the scoring table:
A few rules apply:
For meetings/webinars/events where the investigator's attendance is mandatory (such as the annual surgical review meeting), both the coordinator and investigator must attend.
Screens entered into the EDC must have the symptom onset date so they can be attributed to the correct competition.
On the %Queries Resolved and %Visits Entered metrics, 1 point is awarded for each 10% of queries/visits that meet the standard. For example, if 80% of your queries are answered within 7 days, you will accrue 8 points.
For outcome visits, the actual visit date (as entered on the status form in the EDC) must be within the allowed visit window.
Patient visits requiring uploading of a Modified Rankin Score (mRS) video for review by the Glasgow University Outcomes Center should be scheduled at least a week before the visit window closes. This allows time to upload the video and receive back the score from Glasgow while still within the allowable visit window.
Scores are automatically adjusted based on the number of clinical sites in each team and were organized to give every team an equal chance. However, we may adjust the team composition from time-to-time based on changes at the associated clinical sites (such as a site closure).
Ohio State, with one recent enrollment, and Case-Western Reserve are steadily marching their team down the field by getting data entered and queries resolved promptly. An enrollment from Henry Ford or Cincinnati this month could make this team hard to beat. Their team, Ohio/Michigan, is currently in first place with 58 points, followed by Team Israel with 40 points, thanks to the strong showing by Chaim Sheba with their 7 screens and 1 enrollment so far this month. Sheba could really use some help from Sourasky or Hadassah, neither of which have screened a patient yet. Thomas Jefferson, the current screening leader, with their 10 screens, and with the help of Temple and Hershey with their prompt query responses, have brought Team Philadelphia into a close third with 39 points. We haven't yet heard much from the Pacific, Mountain or Brazilian teams this month; let's hope they get in the game soon! At this point, it is anybody's to win, as a few good enrollments could quickly launch any team to the top and we still have five months to go in this round. So, please keep screening and let's keep the fun going!
The Clear III World Cup results are in for the month of July. And, at the top of the leader board with 79 points sits team USA-Ohio/Michigan. This team made it to the top with great performances from Ohio State University and University of Cincinnati. Both teams enrolled 1 patient, and achieved extra points for responding to queries and visits within 7 days. In second place we have team USA-Missouri with 56 points closely followed by USA North Atlantic with 54 points. Our top performing team outside of the USA was Team Israel with 48 points with a great performance from Chaim Sheba. We would like to congratulate all the teams who took part and wish you the best in the upcoming months. Please log-in to the clinical trial site and go to the Info tab for the most up-to date standings.