Patient Power: A Journalist’s Approach to Empowering Cancer Patients and Caregivers

Medical journalist Andrew Schorr took his professional skills to a new level when he became a patient himself. Together with his wife, Esther, Andrew founded Patient Power, an online channel dedicated to empowering cancer patients and caregivers through information to help people return to, or maintain, good health.

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IRT for Clinical Trials: Top Vendors 2018

Interactive Response Technology (IRT) helps clinical trials run smoothly by managing patient randomization and trial drug supply chain.

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Social Media Expert Cody Barnett: 5 Tips for Medical Nonprofits to Amplify Their Message

Cody Barnett is Director of Communications for the Melanoma Research Alliance, a medical nonprofit dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discovery in melanoma, and a member of Antidote’s Connect Network. As MRA’s go-to social media expert, Cody is charged with spreading melanoma research awareness and education through social media channels. Cody shared with us his top five suggestions for using video to better engage audiences.

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How to Work with a Clinical Trial Patient Recruitment Agency

Clinical trial patient recruitment can be one of the most challenging parts of running a study. Working with a patient recruitment agency should help you meet your recruitment goals on time and on budget. But finding the right agency and building an effective working relationship can be challenging. Follow these steps to give your efforts a strong foundation and start connecting with the right patients.

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Gastrointestinal (GI) Disease Research Round-Up: January 2018

Clinical trials don’t just research potential new treatments -- they also look into the causes of diseases and how lifestyle changes can affect them. Some of the most interesting gastrointestinal (GI) disease research focuses on early detection and prevention of these conditions. We’ve gathered together some of the latest research currently being done around GI diseases.

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Maintaining Patient Centricity in Clinical Trial Patient Recruitment

It’s a well-known fact that keeping patients at the center of your clinical trial patient recruitment is critical to successfully enrolling your studies. Underpinning this notion of “keeping patients at the center”--patient centricity, in other words--is the need for a deep understanding of the patient experience and a firm grasp on what patients want and need from clinical trials. With this in mind, we surveyed 145 patients in our database with a variety of conditions who had been in a clinical trial, or were interested in taking part. We wanted to understand what motivates patients to join clinical trials, and what might keep keep them from joining. Here’s what we found out:

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Funding Medical Research Studies in Honor of those Lost

“The arsenal of weapons to fight melanoma has increased drastically in the 10 years since my wife lost her battle. People diagnosed today have a real chance of having their tumors disappear.”- Neil Spiegler, President of the Melanoma Action Coalition and Founder of The Peggy Spiegler Melanoma Research Foundation. 

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ePRO Vendors: Comparison of Top Companies

Electronic patient reported outcomes (ePRO) are a growing way for clinical studies to collect meaningful patient data easily. With ePRO, patients record symptoms, side effects, and other data points on their own device with ePRO software installed, or on a device provided by the study.

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Autoimmune Disease Research Round-Up: January 2018

Autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis can be some of the most difficult to treat. Researchers don’t know what exactly causes them, and symptoms and experiences differ widely from patient to patient.

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Patient Centricity in UX Design for Healthcare

Let’s face it: making medical research accessible to everyone is not an easy task. The space is complex and jargon-rich with messy source data, but as technology has advanced, people have come to expect quick and easy search tools. To add to the mix, you need to cater to a vast range of user demographics. For example, a 20-year-old living with Type 1 diabetes in a big city has very different motivations and constraints than an older person living in rural US just diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.

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