Using Quantitative and Qualitative Research to Enhance Patient Focused Drug Development

Using Quantitative and Qualitative Research to Enhance Patient Focused Drug Development By Hannah Eccard FDA’s focus of incorporating the patient voice into the drug development process requires the life science industry to engage in new research strategies. Based on what we're seeing so far from the FDA, it appears that the agency is closely considering the value of mixed methods: qualitative research along with quantitative research. Dr. Theresa Mullin, Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at FDA, said at the first guidance meeting for Patient Focused Drug Development (PFDD) [...]

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 attacking the body.1 Some of the more common include type 1 diabetes, lupus, inflammatory bowel diseases, celiac disease, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms that first appear - like fever, fatigue and muscle aches - describe a number of ailments. Getting a diagnosis can [...]

Lost Voice: Addressing healthcare inefficiencies through patient equality

Lost Voice: Addressing healthcare inefficiencies through patient equality After attending the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS ) 2018 in Las Vegas in March, Christina Farr, the CNBC reporter who covers health and technology, tweeted I have one observation post-HIMSS, now that i'm back in SF. There was an elephant in the room, so I'll just say it. We'll all be patients and/or caregivers someday. So are we going to fix health care now, while we can, or continue to make $ through the current inefficiencies? — Christina Farr (@chrissyfarr) March 8, 2018 Defining patients Farr’s tweet [...]

Video Vignettes: Through Their Own Eyes: Ovarian Cancer

Video Vignettes: Through Their Own Eyes: Ovarian Cancer Members of the Ovarian Cancer Support Community on Inspire often refer to each other as “Teal Sisters*.” It's a term of solidarity and camaraderie as they face their condition together. Their posts reflect and express warmth, concern, understanding and an eagerness to help. Below we share a video by a Teal Sister describing her experience with ovarian cancer and the Ovarian Cancer Support Community on Inspire. Getting advice The best advice comes from people who have been through the experience before.  Members of this community are open [...]

Video Vignettes: Through Their Own Eyes: Heart Bypass Surgery

Video Vignettes: Through Their Own Eyes: Heart Bypass Surgery Our hearts start to beat at around a month and a half into pregnancy.1 We may take its constancy for granted until something goes wrong. Worldwide, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death with 17.7 million deaths each year.2 Coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common heart disease in the US, is caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries supplying blood to the heart. These arteries narrow and blood flow to the muscle of the heart is blocked. Heart or chest pain, called angina, and [...]

Video Vignettes: Through Their Own Eyes: Hepatitis C Virus Liver Disease

Video Vignettes: Through Their Own Eyes: Hepatitis C Virus Liver Disease October is Liver Awareness Month.  Today, Inspire is sharing information about the Hepatitis C virus and its impact on the liver. Roughly 3 to 4 million people in the US have the hepatitis C virus (HCV).1  Yet progression and outcomes vary.  Of 100 people who are infected by HCV, between 15 and 25 will be cured of the disease by their own immune systems.  Unfortunately, between 75 and 85 people will develop a chronic infection.  Scar tissue in the liver, called cirrhosis or stage IV liver fibrosis [...]