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.

Do Patients Care About What Your Drug Does?

Do Patients Care About What Your Drug Does? By Sara Ray, MA Be sure the trial outcomes echo the patient voice, article says In most randomized pharmaceutical clinical trials, researchers are looking for a statistically significant performance difference between the two courses of therapy. But which is more important to the [...]

By |Oct 2019October 22nd, 2019|clinical trials|0 Comments

How Does Pharma Learn to Speak Patient? The “Patient Voice”

How Does Pharma Learn to Speak Patient? The "Patient Voice" By Sara Ray, MA We have all, at one time or another, been patients. True or false? If you answer true, it is likely that you are a person who has experienced only acute illnesses, meaning you get sick, feel lousy, [...]

5 Benefits of Patient Focused Drug Development Sponsors Need to Know

The Patient Is Speaking: 5 Benefits of Patient Focused Drug Development Sponsors and CROs Need to Know By Sara Ray, MA Since the 2012 FDASIA reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) and the 21st Century Cures Act ‐‐ Directing and Enabling Patient Focused Drug Development in 2016, integrating the [...]

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 [...]

By |Nov 2018November 13th, 2018|Patient Insights|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |Oct 2018October 16th, 2018|Patient Insights|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |Aug 2018August 14th, 2018|Patient Engagement|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |Apr 2018April 24th, 2018|Patient Insights|0 Comments