Welcome to the Medrio Monthly News Roundup, in which we brief you on a sample of events and developments taking place around the industry. This recurring update functions on popular demand – the stories in this post come from the articles in our social media feeds that garnered the most attention from our readers and followers. Your likes, clicks, and retweets decide which stories make it beyond your newsfeed and onto our blog.
This week, we bring you three stories from the world of patient recruitment: an analysis of patient engagement strategies, a competition for a grant awarded to innovative recruitment projects, and a campaign to raise awareness of clinical trials among cancer patients. Take a look, and tune in for the next roundup next month!
1. How do you recruit your patients?
In clinical research today, there are numerous parties involved with patient recruitment, and even more ways of recruiting. Applied Clinical Trials has published the findings of a study by Industry Standard Research that analyzed the ubiquity and effectiveness of various recruitment strategies. The study offers hard numbers comparing the use of strategies like social media, patient databases, referrals from doctors, and more among Sponsors, CROs, and sites. In addition, it presents important matters for researchers to consider when tackling patient recruitment.
2. An incentive for innovation
Patients for cancer clinical trials are notoriously difficult to recruit. That’s why Free to Breathe, an organization raising funds for the fight against lung cancer, is offering a two-year grant for investigators creating innovative approaches to patient recruitment for lung cancer trials. The grant is generous, but the contest has specific parameters – and the deadline for submission is coming up fast.
3. Talking face-to-face about clinical trials
Online approaches to patient recruitment are an important innovation. But when it comes to clinical trial participation, sometimes there’s nothing like being able to actually sit down with potential patients and look them in the eye to make sure they’re comfortable and informed. That’s why, last month, the Gilda’s Club In Davenport, Iowa hosted a workshop on cancer clinical trials. Cancer patients joined a panel of specialists for presentations and discussions to raise awareness of opportunities to participate in clinical research, and the potential benefits of doing so.
That’s all for this roundup. We’ll have three more stories for you next month. In the meantime, check out our blog every week for new insights into EDC and clinical research.