When patients find themselves interacting with information about their health and well-being, it is the responsibility of healthcare professionals to ensure that these interactions are as meaningful and productive as they can be. In this regard, the informed consent process is among the most important facets of clinical research currently undergoing a digital transformation, and pharmaceutical companies must continue to adopt eConsent across the board.
In an age where patients have more choice about treatment options (just think about how the treatment guidelines have evolved for multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis in the last 10 years for example,) and more clinical trials are being conducted by fewer investigators, there has been a constant upward pressure on competition for clinical trial patients, even as sponsors and third party recruitment companies becomes more innovative and proactive in their approaches to marketing their trials.
It’s clear that the clinical team for each study is tasked with creating and managing an individual study budget. The problem is one-off study purchases do not accrue the benefits of volume discounting. Of course, there are numerous and complicated financial arrangements sponsors make with service providers to create optimal rates for clinical trial support – but what about the simple construct of, “buy one shirt, get another for free?”
Part 1 in this series of blogs on the role of referring physicians in clinical research chronicled the factors that have led to study sponsors’ lack of confidence in physician referrals as an effective patient recruitment strategy. In Part 2 of this series on Research Champions referring physicians spoke for themselves through primary research conducted by BBK Worldwide. Today, we look at best practices that lead to referring physician programs that generate compelling results.
Part 1 in this series of blogs on the role of referring physicians in clinical research chronicled the factors that have led to study sponsors’ lack of confidence in physician referrals as an effective patient recruitment strategy. This installment gives voice to the referring physicians themselves by sharing results of primary research conducted by BBK Worldwide.
At this stage in the evolution of mHealth, how do we make it easier for sites and patients to stay engaged with a clinical trial? In this interview, BBK Worldwide’s Erica Mercado provides her insights on mHealth user experience optimization, adaptive engagement strategies, and mHealth’s integrated future.
BBK Worldwide has coupled its reputation with the singular idea that placing patient and caregiver needs as the first priority for clinical research is a win-win for all involved. For more than twenty years, BBK has promoted the company tagline, “The Patients to Find the Cure.” Having moved our collected perspectives from the days where BBK was criticized for referring to “subjects” as “patients,” the current research environment reveres “patient centricity” as the industry mantra. So, what’s next? A new concern shrouds our efforts. The notion that technological solutions are at the root of patient-centric care, in fact, may defeat the very goal the industry wishes to accomplish.
Medication non-compliance is an epidemic that impacts patients, sponsors and the healthcare industry at large, costing the U.S. healthcare system around 300 billion dollars a year. According to a PM360 article that highlights medication compliance in diabetes patient populations, non-adherent patients have inpatient healthcare costs that are 41% higher than those of adherent patients.
The clinical research industry is unique among other industries for many reasons. Yet in the bigger picture, the way we interact with information has evolved, more or less, in step with the rest of the world. I can see parallels between changes in my own life and how clinical trials, and patient recruitment and engagement, have changed over the years.
It’s the greatest time of the year, well at least in my opinion. It’s March Madness. For those of you who don’t know, every year in March the NCAA basketball tournament captures the eye of the sporting world, consisting of brackets, upsets, buzzer beaters, and heartbreak.
Where am I going with this? As I sit in my office, I think about some of the biggest issues that face the clinical trial industry regarding the adoption and implementation of new products.