Focus on Patients

  1. Hybrid Decentralized Trials: Using Technology To Create More Patient-Centric Studies

    While it is not a new trend, the spotlight on digital innovation has grown brighter over the last year, with executives from all sides of the clinical research industry seeking technology solutions to improve the clinical trial experience for sites and patients alike. It was a recurring theme at this year’s Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) Global Site Solutions Summit, with several sessions that addressed technological advancement and attendee feedback requesting more discussion on the topic at future Summits.

  2. Collaborating With Patients: 3 Key Considerations For Drug Sponsors

    Historically, patient involvement has been vital in the design and execution of clinical trials, but in recent years there has been an increased desire to engage patients from start to finish during the drug development process. Today, patients are empowered by technological advances that have given them access to more information than ever before, especially regarding diseases and drug development.

  3. The Patient Perspective On Patient Centricity: Insights From A Veteran Of 5 Clinical Trials

    Those who know me understand the value I put on bringing the voice of the patient and caregiver into the drug development process. They also know that I believe that today’s terminology — phrases like “patient-centricity,” “patient at the center,” and other sexy mottos — is sometimes used by organizations to show the world that the patient is at the forefront of everything they do. But are they really? Is patient feedback on a protocol enough to prove that their voices are heard? Is providing input on an informed consent what a patient really wants to do? Maybe.

  4. 8 Steps To Achieve The Cultural Change Needed For Co-Creation With Patients

    Now more than ever, patients are informed and active about their health. Technological advances are equipping patients with real-time health data. At-home genetic testing kits have the potential to reveal future health risks. And the internet can help increase health literacy and connect patients with other patients. These, and other tools, can empower patients to take control of their health while enhancing their ability to engage with the healthcare ecosystem.

  5. An Inside Look At Novo Nordisk’s Disease Experience Expert Panel (DEEP) Model

    Novo Nordisk recognized that if it wanted to develop innovative treatments for patients living with chronic diseases, it was essential to form meaningful partnerships in which patients’ expertise, knowledge, and experience are included and put into action. It was this radical shift in thinking that led to the creation of the Novo Nordisk Disease Experience Expert Panel (DEEP), a network of patient experts and advocates.

  6. Patient Group Advances Clinical Trials, Diverts Patients From Unregulated Therapies

    For a patient with a debilitating disease, such as pulmonary fibrosis (PF), moments of hope can be few and far between. Many of these patients search desperately for new therapies to improve their quality of life, or possibly cure their condition, sometimes outside of the approved treatments prescribed by their healthcare providers.

  7. Using Social Listening In The Design Of A Diabetes Clinical Trial

    Social media has become increasingly important in the biopharma space as it not only allows emerging clinical-stage companies to efficiently increase their visibility online by posting interesting content, but it also provides a unique platform to engage with members of specific disease communities. Read how Diasome is learning about those issues that are most important to patients and healthcare providers by compiling this data and analyzing online conversations.

  8. Merck’s Patient-Centric Approach To Trial Recruitment, Representation, And Retention

    Patient behaviors have changed drastically in recent years. With the widespread adoption of digital technologies, such as wearable devices that transmit patient data, and a surge in health-related information available online, patients have become more knowledgeable and engaged in the management of their own health than ever before.

  9. Trial Navigators: The Key To Increased Patient Participation In Clinical Trials

    The appallingly low rates of patient participation in cancer clinical trials, especially in the community setting, is no secret. The fact is that 98 percent% of our patient population isn’t aware of available trials, doesn’t know how to apply, or is under too much financial and emotional strain, etc. to even consider joining a trial. The blame for this rightfully falls on the proverbial shoulders of the main stakeholders: the biopharmaceutical industry, healthcare institutions, government, and — yes — patient support groups. 

  10. Clinical Trials In The Era Of Precision Medicine: What Needs To Change?

    Part 1 of this two-part article examined the implications the transition to value-based, patient-centric, precision medicine has for drug discovery, development, and deployment, particularly for clinical trials. Part 2 explores precision medicine in more depth regarding the tailored and targeted treatments that aim to match patients to medicines according to particular clinical, demographic, and lifestyle factors.