Patient Insights

A Look Across Inspire’s Annual Surveys

A Look Across Inspire’s Annual Surveys By Hannah Eccard Over the past four years, Inspire has conducted an annual survey of its members. Participation has been high, with an average of 10,000 members participating each year. This large pool of data over time provides a unique glimpse at the changes that have [...]

Collaborating with Rare Disease Patient Advocacy Organizations

Collaborating with Rare Disease Patient Advocacy Organizations By Judy Chandler MPH, CHES The first Rare Disease Day took place on February 29, 2008, chosen because February 29 is a “rare date.” Since then, it has continued to occur on the last day of February. Inspire will participate in this year’s worldwide awareness [...]

Diversity in Clinical Trials: Being Left Out

Diversity in Clinical Trials: Being Left Out By Marina Shayevich Why do African Americans develop breast cancers with significantly higher basal gene expression? 1 Why do Hispanics develop type II diabetes at an earlier age than other groups? 2 Understanding the functional reasons for disease processes is necessary to develop targeted treatments. Yet [...]

Patient Engagement through Internet Research and Clinical Trials: Annual Survey Results

Patient Engagement through Internet Research and Clinical Trials: Annual Survey Results By Hannah Eccard Inspire delves in to new developments and continuing trends among patients and caregiver members through its new publication, Insights from Engaged Patients. Details from this fourth annual survey of 9489 respondents are available to download below but here [...]

Video Vignettes: Through Their Own Eyes: Rare Autoimmune Liver Diseases

Video Vignettes: Through Their Own Eyes: Rare Autoimmune Liver Diseases By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH The liver has been called a forgiving organ because of its capacity to regenerate. However, chronic unrelenting damage over years can overwhelm its regenerative abilities, resulting in permanent scarring. Well-known risk factors-being overweight, alcohol abuse, viral infections [...]

Social Listening to Understand the Unmet Needs of Patients

Social Listening to Understand the Unmet Needs of Patients By Marina Shayevich and Sara Ray Across healthcare, patients lament the imperfection of pharmaceutical treatment. Although grateful to have life saving and life improving medications, patients are often met with frustration at the limitations of their medications. Nowhere is that more evident than [...]

A dazzle of zebras: Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes

A dazzle of zebras: Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes By Hannah Eccard On their website, The Ehlers-Danlos Society explains why people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) call themselves zebras. “Medical students have been taught for decades that, ‘When you hear hoofbeats behind you, don’t expect to see a zebra.’ In other words, look for the more [...]

On being a medical hero in the era of social media: Discussing clinical trial participation online

On being a medical hero in the era of social media: Discussing clinical trial participation online By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD “Garrett’s Hero Run” is not the name of a New York Times Bestseller or an up-and-coming blockbuster movie - though it could be. At the moment, it’s the name of a series [...]

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 [...]