Category Archives: Patient Enrolment

Why do rare disease clinical trials face greater challenges and what are some solutions?

Over 6,800 rare diseases such as Haemophilia, Tay Sach’s disease and Gaucher disease are affecting more than 25 million Americans. Still yet, there is limited understanding or knowledge of these debilitating, life threatening and progressive diseases. The Orphan Drug Act … Continue reading

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Clinical Accelerator forms ClinAccel.Net

Clinical Accelerator forms ClinAccel.Net, a dedicated division focusing on expanding a network of partnering clinical research sites, and fast and efficient patient enrolment into clinical studies Douglas, February 28, 2017 – Clinical Accelerator, a clinical contract research organization with operations … Continue reading

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Could Twitter Be a Recruitment Tool for Cancer Trials?

According to Penn Medicine Researchers study’s, Twitter has the potential to promote patient recruitment into oncology clinical trials and increase the interest of patients [1]. Enrollment into clinical studies is crucial for the development of new treatment options for patients. … Continue reading

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Boosting patient recruitment and retention in clinical trials – fresh approaches?

We hear much about ‘patient centricity’ and ‘empowering patients’ in clinical trials and research as well as everyday clinical practice.  This can be defined loosely as the process of designing a service or solution (e.g. a clinical trial) around the … Continue reading

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Patient recruitment: is social media the cure for this headache?

For decades, we have accepted that patient enrollment is the source of delays with cost implications that can make a trial fail. 10 years ago, social media may have seemed too unknown for clinical trial specialists to involve in recruitment. … Continue reading

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Barriers to recruitment: Part 3 – Healthcare systems

In the previous posts on barriers to recruiting patients for clinical trials, I addressed some of the problems that patients and clinicians face. In this final post, I will discuss some of the difficulties faced from a healthcare systems perspective, … Continue reading

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Barriers to recruitment: Part 2 – The Clinician Role

In the second installment of the Clinical Accelerator “Barriers to recruitment” blog series, I will discuss the obstacles faced by clinicians when recruiting patients for clinical trials and suggest ways in which these can be overcome. Clinical trials rely on … Continue reading

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Barriers to recruitment: Part 1 – Patient Fear

Here at Clinical Accelerator we know that one of the major sources of delay to clinical trails is achieving sufficient levels of patient recruitment. In the next three blog posts, I will discuss some of the barriers to enrollment and … Continue reading

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‘Patient centricity’ – what does this ‘revolution’ really mean?

I’m sure you have heard mention of ‘patient centricity’ – a buzz-term for behaviour that brings patients more closely involved with – or should we say to the centre of? – their own care. The same term describes behaviour towards … Continue reading

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How to improve and retain the participation of minorities in clinical trials – lessons learned from the Maryland Regional Community Network Program

Challenges in recruiting patients from minorities Successfully recruiting ethnic minorities into clinical trials is a major challenge for healthcare professionals. There are obvious benefits to the individual and their community, and to the integrity of scientific research through the diversity … Continue reading

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