Real-world data are important sources within health care resource utilization (HCRU) research, but these databases often are repurposed for this use rather than custom designed. Some researchers are beginning to collect HCRU data within the context of clinical trials, with the intention to address research questions of interest, rather than relying solely on data salvaged from insurance claims or electronic health records.

PRECISIONheor’s Ronaé McLin, Marissa Baker-Wagner, Bridget Healey, and Anh Thy H. Nguyen explore the benefits and limitations of collecting HCRU within a clinical trial, as well as recommendations for doing so in a way that will yield the most useful data.

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