Sara Ray

Sara Ray

About Sara Ray

Sara Ray, Senior director of research at Inspire, is a Linguist with experience in healthcare and market research, primarily looking at how patients and caregivers share their journeys and express their goals and challenges. Her primary interests include Discourse Analysis, Ethnography, and Sociolinguistics. She has worked in diverse disease states including oncology, rare disease, autoimmune, chronic illness, and mental health, and specializes in looking at unstructured data. At Inspire, she oversees the research department and its endeavors as well as examines data to answer questions, uncover themes, and incorporate the patient's perspective into learnings.

What Matters Most to People Impacted by Rare Disease: An Inspire-FDA Collaboration

What Matters Most to People Impacted by Rare Disease: An Inspire-FDA Collaboration By Sara Ray What happened when we compared research strategies used to obtain patient insights? We discovered that using multiple strategies is key to gaining usable understandings. In a recent collaboration between Inspire and the FDA, we compared and contrasted [...]

Warring Parties: Voices of Patients in Pain Vs. “Opioid Crisis”

Warring Parties: Voices of Patients in Pain Vs. “Opioid Crisis” By Sara Ray So many of us have pain management issues. We are fighting the doctors and the state laws and the insurance companies. The "opiod [sic] crisis" is an illegal drug problem; it is not a prescription problem for chronic pain [...]

Targeting Your Audience: Where and How to Engage Millennials with Health Messages

Targeting Your Audience: Where and How to Engage Millennials with Health Messages By Sara Ray In Clinical Trials: 8 Reasons Researchers Should Pay Attention to Millennials, I identified unique cohort characteristics and experiences that have impacted millennials.1 Constant connectivity and technological sophistication inform and shape their lives and outlook. We explored [...]

Video Vignettes: Through Their Own Eyes: Autoimmune Diseases

Video Vignettes: Through Their Own Eyes: Autoimmune Diseases The Autoimmune Diseases Support Community on Inspire created over 25,000 posts this past year. One of the over 21,000 members shared her experience with the community in a video. JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGUS1WSTcwQ1QzZlUlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvdyUzRCUyMmF1dG9wbGF5JTNCJTIwZW5jcnlwdGVkLW1lZGlhJTIyJTIwYWxsb3dmdWxsc2NyZWVuJTNFJTNDJTJGaWZyYW1lJTNF According to the NIH, there are over 80 diseases caused by the immune system [...]

Clinical Trials: 8 Reasons Researchers Should Pay Attention to Millennials

Clinical Trials: 8 Reasons Researchers Should Pay Attention to Millennials More than 25% of the US adult population are Millennials. At 83.1 million, a bigger cohort than Baby Boomers,1 Millennials are gaining leadership in their employment, having children (30% are parents)2 and becoming extremely influential both culturally and financially. Events that have [...]