5 ways to make patient enrollment in clinical trials easier

Successfully enrolling patients for a clinical trial can be a daunting task, but a personalized approach to recruitment and enrollment and focusing on the patient experience can improve the process and make it more likely patients will choose to take part in your trial.

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Why we recognize World Mental Health Day: A Q&A with NAMI

Millions of Americans are affected by mental illness every day, either directly or indirectly. Each year, our partners at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and people across the country raise awareness of mental illness, fight discrimination, and provide support through Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). October 10th, the last day of MIAW, is World Mental Health Day. 

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The importance of health literacy

For the past twenty years, October has been recognized as Health Literacy Month. The goal, as defined by the Institute for Healthcare Advancement, is to raise awareness about the importance of understandable health information. According to a study conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, only 12% of Americans are “health literate." This means that many individuals struggle to ...

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How we accelerated a knee osteoarthritis trial by 3 months [case study]

Knee osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis worldwide, and its prevalence is expected to continue to rise for years to come. For those that live with this condition, it causes pain, tiredness, loss of flexibility, a grating sensation, bone spurs, and swelling — all constant reminders of the need for new and better treatment options to replace the cartilage that has worn down over ...

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Talk of the Towne podcast episode 01: JDRF

We’re excited to share the premiere of Talk of the Towne, our new podcast that focuses on the ultimate sweet spot: that special place where science and patients converge. 

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Uncontrolled movements in Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease is a disorder that can involve several different kinds of uncontrolled movements. Some are caused by the disease, such as tremor and gait freezing, while dyskinesia – uncontrolled jerking or twisting movement – is caused by long-term levodopa use. We unpack how dyskinesia affects movement in Parkinson’s disease and how it’s usually treated. 

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Common questions about lupus clinical trials

Clinical trials for lupus are investigating potential treatments and need volunteers to take part. The research process can be confusing, though. If you're interested in finding a lupus clinical trial but don't know where to start, we've collected a list of some of the most common questions patients ask about research participation.

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How to catch studies up post-COVID: Successfully approaching a rescue trial [whitepaper]

When the pandemic began, more than 1,000 trials were delayed as the focus shifted to minimizing coronavirus exposure and driving COVID-19 vaccine and treatment trials. The reasons were varied — patients weren’t allowed into studies, study starts were delayed, and recruitment was slow. One thing is clear: the impact of these delays on the progress of medical research will likely be felt for years ...

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Do patients have to pay for clinical trials?

When we speak with patients, we often hear this question: “do I have to pay to participate in this clinical trial?” Typically, patients do not have to pay for clinical trial costs. In some instances, they may have to pay copays and payments toward a deductible if those are part of their insurance plan. It’s critical to review your insurance coverage and understand associated costs before joining ...

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How we achieved a 63% randomization rate for a recent myasthenia gravis recruitment project [case study]

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a rare condition that affects approximately 36,000 to 60,000 individuals in the United States. Even though there are a variety of treatment options, it can be difficult to predict symptom flare-ups. Creative approaches are necessary to provide the best outcomes for patients.

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