Referring patients to clinical trials is personal, study shows

Referring patients to clinical trials is personal, study shows By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD MSPH Why is it so hard to get physicians to refer patients to clinical trials?  One cynical assumption is that physicians are afraid they’ll lose that patient’s business.  Not so, according to a Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development survey.1 Doctors are confident about and familiar with the clinical trial process. The survey of over 750 physicians found a high degree of comfort with clinical trials; almost 90 percent said they were comfortable providing and discussing clinical trial opportunities with patients. Yet [...]

Looking for Guidance? FDA and PFDD at “Patients as Partners” 2019

Looking for Guidance? FDA and PFDD at "Patients as Partners" 2019 By Hannah Eccard Pujita Vaidya, Senior Advisor, Patient Focused Drug Development (PFDD) program at the Center for Drug Development and Research (CDER) at the FDA, told an audience at the Patients as Partners Conference last week that patients are the experts on their conditions and on day-to-day life with their disease. A patient outcome—where improvement with treatment is meaningful in daily life—can only be understood in a patient’s own words. Vaidya noted that, “patients ‘chief complaints’ may not be factored explicitly into drug development plans.” 1 [...]

Patient and caregiver perceptions of clinical trials: Preliminary findings

Patient and caregiver perceptions of clinical trials: Preliminary findings By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Many of you have been in Philadelphia for the “Patients as Partners Conference.” Yesterday, Hannah Eccard, Research manager at Inspire, participated in a panel discussion titled, “Mapping Out the Patient Decision Journey.” The panel discussed the link between understanding patients --their lives, lifestyle, experiences-- and trial protocol design. Recently, Inspire’s research team completed the preliminary analysis of a survey to understand patient and caregiver perceptions and attitudes toward clinical trials. Over 1500 (1644), patient and caregiver members  experiencing either ovarian, prostate or colorectal [...]

In new report, Inspire examines clinical trials, genetic testing

In new report, Inspire examines clinical trials, genetic testing Editor’s note: Last week, Inspire released, “Insights from Engaged Patients: An Analysis of the Third Annual Inspire Survey”. Over the past three years, the Inspire Annual Survey has captured insights of over 30,000 respondents, representing more than seven million data points. In the following excerpt from the report executive summary, Dave Taylor, Inspire’s Senior Director of Research, discusses some of the findings from this year’s survey, and its implications for industry. While the proverbial needle has not moved much during this time across many of the attributes we [...]