White Paper

Patients Prefer eCOA Over Paper COA

By D. Eek, C. Hall, S. Hooper, F. Wald, and M. Wurm


Clinical protocols are increasingly relying on clinical outcome assessments to prove efficacy and safety. COAs are collected electronically for many reasons, and in today’s clinical environment, electronic collection is becoming more common. This document provides scientific evidence and operational proof that patients prefer electronic data collection in clinical trials, while providing a fundamental eCOA education. An objective review of reliable eCOA collection modalities is presented. Several case studies are summarized, providing scientific evidence of patients preferring electronic data collection in clinical trials. A Guide to eCOA and Integrated Medical Devices Selection is also included in this document.