Focus on Patients

  1. Trial Navigators: The Key To Increased Patient Participation In Clinical Trials
    7/16/2019

    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. 

  2. Clinical Trials In The Era Of Precision Medicine: What Needs To Change?
    7/11/2019

    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.

  3. How Precision Medicine Impacts Patient-Centricity In Clinical Trials
    7/5/2019

    This is the first part of a two-part article that examines the implications the transition to value-based, patient-centric, precision medicine has for drug discovery, development, and deployment, particularly for clinical trials.

  4. Patient Voice: Determining Fair Market Value For Patient Insights Work
    6/25/2019

    Clinical research professionals often turn to healthcare professionals to critically assess the complex prioritization and planning of clinical research and to act as surrogates for the patient perspective.

  5. Patient Technology Adoption In Clinical Trials: 4 Barriers Holding Us Back
    6/20/2019

    Patient-facing digital technologies — also referred to as patient technology (PT) — have the potential to make a significant impact on the clinical research environment. PT includes any digital technology patients interact with to participate in clinical trial activities. When implemented effectively, these technologies can enhance patients’ experiences and engagement, streamline clinical trial processes, and enable better, more robust data collection in clinical trials.

  6. Adopting eConsent To Better Patient Experience In Clinical Trials
    6/18/2019

    Electronic consent to clinical research — “eConsent” — is a hot topic within the clinical research world as more sponsors and sites explore what solutions are available and appropriate for them. Yet many clinical trials are stuck in paper-based consent, either underutilizing the technology tools at their disposal or not using them at all. Understanding the reasons for a transition to eConsent and the hesitancies to make these changes gives insight into one of the last bastions of the clinical research industry to embrace the digital revolution.

  7. What The Patient Voice Taught Lilly About Clinical Trial Design & Recruitment
    6/4/2019

    When you’re diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, an autoimmune disorder, chronic pain, a neurological condition such as Alzheimer’s disease, or another illness, having the safest, most effective medicine is paramount. Knowing a promising therapy is “in the pipeline” doesn’t bring you a whole lot of comfort. You want access to the most advanced medicines now.

  8. Patient-Focused Drug Development Under The 21st Century Cures Act
    5/21/2019

    More than two years have passed since the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law in December 2016. According to the FDA, the Cures Act is designed to help accelerate medical product development and bring new innovation and advances to patients who need them faster and more efficiently.

  9. How Janssen’s Evidence-Based Framework Is Enhancing Clinical Trial Communications
    5/7/2019

    At Janssen, patients are at the center of everything we do. And we’re constantly working to improve their experience.

  10. A Patient-Centric Approach To Increase Recruitment And Retention In Clinical Trials
    4/16/2019

    Good recruitment and retention is critical to the success of clinical trials. Get it right, and a trial will likely achieve its primary objective; get it wrong, and the time, effort, expense, and any patient participation is likely wasted. This article discusses how a new national approach to involving patients and the public in the U.K. is helping life sciences companies get it right the first time.