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Crowdsourcing clinical research utilising blockchain-based incentivisation systems

Published Online:pp 1-15https://doi.org/10.1504/IJBC.2022.122986

During the ongoing pandemic, the organisation of clinical trials has proven problematic for many researchers. Recruitment challenges aside, the need to maintain participant safety has made it difficult for researchers to enrol a suitable number of participants. As such, many researchers have had to adopt a virtual approach to conducting clinical trials. Virtual clinical trials have the potential to enable mass enrolment of participants in studies, ultimately 'crowdsourcing' clinical data. However, there remains a need to encourage participation in studies and protect data. To overcome this, an incentivisation system which can be trusted by participants and researchers has been discussed in this paper. Titled Cashish, this system is a blockchain-based incentivisation network that encourages participant recruitment by awarding cryptocurrency that can be used in marketplace transactions. Blockchain technology eliminates the need for trust-based systems and allows researchers to be transparent with participants while participants remain anonymous.

Keywords

blockchain, cryptocurrency, cannabis research, virtual clinical trials