BBK Worldwide® Blog

Five Facets of Good Site Enrollment Support for Clinical Trials

Posted by BBK Worldwide on Fri, Feb 21, 2014

Years ago sponsors generally believed that site enrollment support simply involved developing generic outreach materials, mailing them out to each site and perhaps holding a brief training session on how to use the materials. It’s no wonder most studies failed to enroll on time. Today, most patient enrollment specialists, including BBK, define site enrollment support in terms of five broad areas of action.

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Topics: Patient Retention, Patient Recruitment

Enhancing the Patient's Clinical Trial Experience

Posted by David Kerner on Fri, Jan 10, 2014

A few years ago, I attended my brother's white coat ceremony for incoming medical students at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), now Rutgers Medical School. The white coat ceremony contains much of the same pomp and circumstance of a college graduation; students march into a large white tent wearing their newly acquired white coats and are greeted by an array of family, friends, and faculty. The keynote speaker, the dean of students at the time, began her address by outlining the challenging, yet critical path that lay ahead. 

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Topics: Patient Retention, Patient Advocacy, Technology

PharmaLive Interview with Matt Kibby on Study eBinder 3.0

Posted by BBK Worldwide on Fri, Dec 6, 2013

Our colleagues at PharmaLive interviewed Matt Kibby, principal, technology and innovation, about the release of Study eBinder 3.0, the latest generation of our clinical trial management tool for on-the-go study teams. Click here to access the interview, or read below…  

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Topics: Patient Retention, Patient Recruitment, Disruptive Innovation, Technology

BBK Worldwide Unveils Turn-Key Concierge Solution For Patient Recruitment Travel Logistics

Posted by Jackie Shydlowski on Wed, Oct 9, 2013

Ready. Set. Go.® Arrive Streamlines Travel for Clinical Trial Study Visits

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Topics: Patient Retention, Technology

Changing the Subject: Patient Retention and the Humanization of Medicine

Posted by Rob Laurens on Wed, Aug 28, 2013

I was in the dentist’s office this morning, waiting my turn, leafing through a copy of Smithsonian magazine, the July-August 2013 issue. I came across a short piece on page 20 that got me thinking about a number of things – including clinical trial patient retention.

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Topics: Patient Retention, Patient Advocacy

The Enrollment Power of Analyzing the Protocol from a Patient’s Perspective

Posted by Maria Cipicchio on Mon, Aug 12, 2013

Each and every review of a draft protocol by a study team, legal department, medical group, or regulatory agency is a test. Throughout this process it is easy to lose sight of what may well be the ultimate test of all – just, what does a protocol mean to a potential patient?

Analyzing a protocol from a patient recruitment perspective is imperative. When completed early in the protocol development stage, it can mean the cost-efficient addition of “patient-friendly” components that can significantly impact on-time enrollment. Consider the feasibility of:

  • Minimizing patient time at study visits;
  • Giving access to disease specialists;
  • Offering an open-label option; or
  • Providing concomitant medications or therapies at no cost
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Topics: Patient Retention, Patient Recruitment, Technology

Progressive Global Patient Retention: 5 Proven Strategies of Engagement

Posted by Sarah Mandracchia on Thu, Jul 25, 2013

As we strive at BBK to re-concept services and strategies that help sponsors retain the patients they enroll, we find ourselves discussing the places we routinely visit, and what keeps us coming back. For me this always gets me talking about food. There’s a sandwich shop in Jamaica Plain, my neighborhood in Boston, which I hit almost weekly despite pretty intense local culinary competition: El Oriental de Cuba, home of the best Cuban sandwich in Boston (yes, I know Chez Henri’s is also amazing, but I would argue a different sort of beast).

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Topics: Patient Retention, Patient Recruitment

Site Engagement For The 21st Century

Posted by BBKWorldwide on Wed, Jul 10, 2013

Given hectic schedules and competing priorities, including clinical care-, administrative- , and research-related activities, recruitment for a single study is often sidetracked, even given the best of site staff intentions. Add to that one or two recruitment challenges, such as a lengthy enrollment period for a population with a low incidence, a projected high screen-failure rate, and / or an incredibly crowded treatment landscape, and you can readily intuit that you will need a way to make sure that recruitment for your study stays front and center.

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Topics: Patient Retention, Mobile Strategies, Technology

Four Proven Insights on Putting Intriguing Ideas to Work

Posted by Justin Jones on Wed, May 8, 2013

Note: This blog contains excerpts from Justin’s recent article on operationalizing and distributing new patient recruitment programs, published in the March 2013 edition of European Pharmaceutical Contractor.

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Topics: Patient Retention, Patient Recruitment, Patient Advocacy, Technology, Metrics and Reporting

It’s All in a Day’s Work

Posted by Joan F. Bachenheimer on Mon, May 6, 2013

Sunday is blog day. Maybe it’s because I am backed by The New York Times Sunday business section that always motivates me to think about the clinical research and development industry even as I am trying to take my proverbial “day of rest.” This week an interview with Steve Case, CEO of the venture capital firm Revolution, caught my eye... heart... and, mind.

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Topics: Patient Retention, Patient Recruitment, Patient Advocacy, Technology