Nancy Ryerson

Clinical Trial Recruitment Rate Calculator

Recruitment rate for clinical trials is calculated by multiplying the number of sites and randomized patients per site by the number of months of recruitment time. This number can also be reverse-engineered, starting with the number of randomized patients a trial needs. Read more

After Years with Eczema, This Young Woman Found the Right Treatment – And Her People

Alexis Smith had eczema as an infant, but had lived a mostly itch-free childhood until hitting puberty at 12. That's when her symptoms came back. Read more

Why is Crohn's Disease Painful?

Crohn's disease is painful because of inflammation in the digestive tract leads to symptoms such as abdominal cramping, severe diarrhea, and rectal bleeding. Some people with Crohn's also experience joint pain, which can occur alongside digestive flares. Joint swelling, or arthritis, is the most common complication of Crohn's disease that takes place outside of the digestive tract.  Read more

25 Useful Clinical Trial Recruitment Statistics for Better Results

If you've heard any statistics around clinical trial recruitment, it's most likely this one: approximately 80% of clinical trials are delayed or closed because of problems with recruitment. Additional troubling statistics include: Read more

Uncontrolled Movements In Parkinson's: Why They Happen & What Can Help

Parkinson's disease is a movement 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. Read more

Eczema Research Roundup: August 2019

Today, 70% of the 18 million adults in the U.S. experience moderate-to-severe symptoms. Nearly half of people with eczema report that they "often" or "always" feel frustrated by their disease. One-third report that they spend up to three hours per day treating their disease.  Read more

10 Clinical Trial Recruitment Strategies That Work

The best clinical trial recruitment strategies start by considering the patient perspective. From there, it helps to get creative. A reliable clinical trial patient recruitment plan incorporates a range of outreach methods designed to reach patients quickly and efficiently while providing them with the information they need to take the next step.  Read more

What's Next for Alzheimer's Research?

An estimated 5.8 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. As the millions of patients and caregivers around the country know too well, there is not a treatment option that slows or stops disease progression. Read more

Crohn's Disease Research Round Up: Summer 2019

Crohn's disease is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation in the digestive tract, leading to uncomfortable abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, cramping, and other symptoms. Read more

The Science of Clinical Trial Selection: Why Trial Type Matters to Patients

Living with a chronic illness or other condition can take up a significant piece of a patient's time. Though clinical trials can be beneficial to patients, recruitment efforts have to compete with many other products and services that can offer a patient support.  Read more