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Guest Spotlight: Annie Finstein A Message to the Medical Community

By Beth Davis Heppenstall on Tue, Feb 5, 2019 | 5 min read

Rounding out our Study Voices panel for BBK's keynote “Do Engagement Tools Live Up to Their Hype?” is panelist, Annie Finstein. She is looking forward to sharing her experience as a patient and participant in a clinical research study on February 19 at the SCOPE conference. 

Annie was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2000 at nine years old. After trying all available medications approved for pediatric patients at that time, she participated in a pediatric study at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Now in her late 20s, she enjoys spending time at the beach, hiking, cooking and gardening at her home in Boston. Annie is committed to making a difference and connects with other patients impacted by Crohn’s disease by running half marathons with Team Challenge, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation’s endurance training and fundraising program.Annie_Finstein

What was most rewarding to you as a participant in a clinical research study?

It was most rewarding to know that I was helping advance the treatment of Crohn’s disease for pediatric patients, and that my participation might not only help me but also other kids suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Topics: Patient Recruitment, Patient Retention, BBK Worldwide, Patient Engagement, Patient Centricity, Conferences, Patient Experience, Patient, clinical trials, Patient Advocacy

Guest Spotlight: Dr. Linda Glaser How Do You Define Patient Engagement?

By Beth Davis Heppenstall on Fri, Feb 1, 2019 | 3 min read

We are excited to introduce one of our dynamic keynote panelists, Linda A. Glaser, MD, PhD of Coastal Biomedical Research, Inc. in Santa Monica, CA.

Linda will be sharing her site voice and insights at BBK’s Pharma15 Live! debate series at the 10th Annual SCOPE Summit on Feb 19.

While pursuing a successful career in private practice, Linda’s passion for research lead her to establish Coastal Biomedical Research, Inc. in Santa Monica. The practice specializes in clinical trials across many therapies, from diabetes to hypertension to pain management. As Medical Director, she understands the patient experience and medical site needs. As a business owner, she also understands the importance of adaptability, efficiencies and overcoming operational challenges.

What is most rewarding to you as you consider your contribution to clinical trial research?

The ability to help advance science and treat disease.

How do you define patient engagement? What does that term mean to you?

Topics: Pharma15, clinical research, Patient Recruitment, Patient Retention, Physician Engagement, Conferences, Site Engagement, Patient Experience

Guest Spotlight: Gerald Dryden Site Feasibility and Protocol Design

By Beth Davis Heppenstall on Fri, Feb 1, 2019 | 5 min read

BBK’s signature Pharma15 Live! web series is coming to the 10th Annual SCOPE Summit for Clinical Ops Executives. On February 19, Bonnie A. Brescia, BBK’s founding principal, will moderate a panel during the conference’s plenary keynote program on the topic of “Do Engagement Tools Live Up to Their Hype?” 

We are pleased to introduce one of our panelists, Gerald Wayne Dryden, Jr., MD, PhD, MSPH, MSc of University of Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Gerald Dryden

Dr. Gerald “Tad” Dryden is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY.  He earned his MD at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, KY, and completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. He then completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA.  During his tenure at the University of Louisville, he earned a Master of Science in Public Health, a Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology, and a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Dryden’s research interests include developing new therapies from botanical sources and new medical devices to improve endoscopic care.

What is most rewarding to you as you consider your contribution to clinical trial research?

It is very rewarding when I am involved with a drug from the ground up -- seeing research patients benefit from the drug, then eventually being able to prescribe it to my clinic patients.

Topics: Patient Recruitment, Patient Retention, Patient Engagement, Pharma15, Patient, Site Support, Physician Referrals, Patient Experience

New eBook: Why and How Emerging Biopharmaceutical Companies Can Do More with Less

By Aaron Fleishman on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 | 1 min read

Ensuring Successful Enrollment of Your Clinical Trials

The market has never been more competitive for small- and mid-size biopharmaceutical companies. While your company may not have the resources or depth of experience as the larger companies, with the right strategies you can find yourself better positioned to deliver results faster and with less expense to reach your clinical trial enrollment goals.

In this free, downloadable ebook, we offer solutions 

Topics: global patient recruitment, Technology, eBook, BBK Worldwide, Patient Recruitment, Patient Retention, Patient Engagement, Trends

The Impact a Travel Program Can Have on Your Patient Recruitment and Engagement Success

By BBK Worldwide on Mon, Jan 7, 2019 | 2 min read

When it comes to the benefits travel programs offer in support of clinical trials, opinions are varied. In a recent article published in International Clinical Trials, BBK’s Hannu Koski and Rob Laurens present compelling data with industry insights. “Talking Travel” looks at the appeal travel assistance programs have from the patients’ perspective.

Topics: Patient Data, Patient Experience, Patient, BBK Worldwide, Patient Recruitment, Patient Retention, Trends, Patient Travel

Agree or Disagree: We are Past the Era of Hype in Digital Health

By BBK Worldwide on Tue, Aug 7, 2018 | 1 min read

When it comes to digital health, do you believe that we are past the era of hype and into the era of adoption? Is there a degree of skepticism that still inhibits the wider adoption of digital health solutions in clinical research and healthcare?

Topics: digital health, Pharma15, Digital Platforms, Patient Recruitment

Real World Data Meets Real World Evidence at BBK's DIA 2018 Poster Session

By BBK Worldwide on Tue, Jun 26, 2018 | 2 min read

With the first day on the DIA 2018 exhibition floor behind us, we are really looking forward to the next couple days of learning and collaborating with our industry colleagues. Today, we will be presenting compelling real world data and evidence from multiple clinical trials that focuses on easing the burden of patient participation. 

Topics: Patient Experience, DIA 2018, Patient Recruitment

The Debate is Heating Up!

By Aaron Fleishman on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 | 2 min read

When it comes to clinical trial advertising, is “the juice worth the squeeze,” so to speak? To get at the heart of this issue, BBK Worldwide is bringing together industry experts to square off on the live video stream debate “Does Clinical Trial Advertising Deliver?” 

Join us on March 28th at 1:00pm EDT for a live 15-minute showdown between experts, debating the timely topic of direct-to-consumer advertising to support clinical trial recruitment.

With this lineup, you will not want to miss it!

Topics: global patient recruitment, clinical trials, Patient Recruitment, Pharma15

Buy a Baker’s Dozen

By Joan F. Bachenheimer on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 | 4 min read

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?”

Topics: clinical research, clinical trials, Patient Engagement, Patient Recruitment

Research Champions Part 1: The Devolving Role of Referring Physicians

By Bonnie A. Brescia on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 | 2 min read

Long ago, in a land far away, principal investigators were expected to “accrue study subjects” using their network of physician colleagues. Enrolling subjects from one’s patient panel was discouraged as therapeutic misconception might impugn study results. As a result, acceptable enrollment might run from 36 to 60 months or more.

Investigators would commonly send a “Dear Doctor” letter to others within their hospital or to their personal connections. Rarely did these letters produce effective results. Over time, referring physician programs altogether lost value and credibility due to a few commonly held beliefs:

 

 

Topics: Patient Recruitment, Physician Referrals

 
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