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Clinical Trials: Patient Recruitment, Education and Retention

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Clinical research is expensive. When a study does not reach minimum participation thresholds, pharmaceutical companies stand to lose millions of dollars, not to mention the lost opportunity of improved healthcare. Through clinical research, we gain insights and answers about the safety and effectiveness of drugs and other therapies. Advances in drug development are possible because of the participation of clinical research volunteers, both healthy and ill. Clinical trials constantly need a steady flow of patients and it is an ongoing challenge for CROs, sponsors and medical centers to gather the right patient groups.

The Wall Street Journal reports that nearly 40% of all clinical trials never get off the ground due to lack of participation. For decades, clinical research recruitment has largely been a word of mouth and paper-based process. Patients typically find out about available trials from their doctors, who might have limited information to provide about the specifics of the trial. Additionally, for patient recruitment, clinical trial studies are promoted through a variety of different channels such as television, radio, newspapers and the internet. Another way drug companies are reaching new markets is through expanding clinical trials into new markets.

According to an IDC research brief, mobile and other technologies may be the future of clinical research, in terms of increased participation and patient retention. By using technological tools, researchers can more effectively recruit trial subjects and gather more accurate clinical trial research. According to an IDC research brief “The Internet of Things and Digital Transformation: A Tale of Four Industries,” some ways that technology is being used to improve clinical trials include: Developing centralized databases that patients can search for potential opportunities; electronic health record (EHR) matching; improved patient education; and electronic data collection.

Lack of Participation
In addition to lack of awareness, there are many different reasons why people do not participate in clinical trial studies. Here are a few:

  • Lack of knowledge: People do not know that clinical trials can lead to a solution to their health problems or even know what clinical trials are.
  • Do not meet the study requirements: Some people are interested and willing to participate, but come to find they are unable to enroll or complete a trial for a variety of reasons.
  • Fear: Many people are reluctant to participate because they are afraid. Unknown outcomes, uncertainty if a new treatment can help them, being experimented on, possible side effects and receiving a placebo instead of an actual treatment are a few common fears. Although researchers cannot guarantee outcomes, patient safety is a top priority. Each trial has enforced oversight, and patients also have rights that help protect them.

Patient Recruitment + Education
Many patients and health consumers know very little, if anything, about clinical trials and its process. Educating patients and potential study volunteers is key to successful patient recruitment and retention. CenterWatch offers IRB-approved brochures specifically created for patients for use by sponsors, CROs and medical centers seeking to educate potential patients about clinical trials, as well as help patients make an informed decision about clinical trial participation.

The results obtained from a clinical trial study may generate changes in diagnosing, preventing, treating or curing diseases or disabilities. The participation of volunteers is crucial, medical advances depend on their participation to get the knowledge and answers regarding the safety and effectivity of the drugs and treatments to be analyzed. Without patients, clinical research doesn’t happen.

Welocalize Life Sciences specializes in the translation of clinical materials, including patient education and patient retention documents, helping CROs and sponsors reach diverse patients in more markets. Contact us for more information about professional medical translation services.

Communicate with Patients via Interpretation Services

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People who are not proficient in the language of the country in which they live may have difficulty accessing health services. They may need access to medical interpreters and translated information when they visit a healthcare provider. The large number of languages spoken in certain cities and countries can make provision of translation and interpretation services complicated.

Spoken translation services through interpretation offer real-time communication solutions in a variety of medical and healthcare settings. Throughout a typical day, numerous interactions may require language services either by using translated patient materials or a medical interpreter. These medical language services ensure safety, accuracy and efficiency when caring for patients and are critical components of quality of care and patient satisfaction.

Legal Considerations

Communicating with patients in their native language is not only beneficial to the patient and the institution, sometimes, it is also the law. In the United States many private healthcare providers receive federal funds through programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. All recipients of federal funds are required – per Title VI of the Civil Rights Act – to provide language services. Not providing these services to multilingual patients would discriminate on the basis of national origin, which includes one’s native language.

Types of Interpretation Services

Interpretation can be consecutive, sequentially interpreting statements, which is ideal for smaller, one-to-one settings or simultaneous, which is commonly used for large, one-to-many gatherings, such as investigator meetings. Whether in person, over-the-phone or via a video monitor, interpretation services help meet the needs of a diverse patient base and communicate in their native languages.

Welocalize provides quick references to the various interpretation services in this post: Connecting with Global Interpretation Services.

Medical Interpretation Services

Professional interpretation services by using subject matter experts increases patient satisfaction and provides outstanding care. Ensuring that interpreters have experience in the medical or regulatory fields is critical when selecting interpretation services within healthcare and life sciences. Interpreters who understand the critical nature of accurate translation and also have an understanding of the nuances of a highly regulated environment mitigate risk and ensure safe outcomes. Contact Welocalize Life Sciences for information about our professional medical and healthcare interpreters and interpretation services.

Drug Information Association Meeting

Welocalize Life Sciences will exhibit at the annual Drug Information Association (DIA) Meeting in Chicago, IL, June 18-22, 2017. Key stakeholders will come together to discuss the most important challenges in healthcare product development in one place and platform: the DIA 2017 Annual Meeting.

Welocalize Life Sciences is dedicated to the highly regulated industries of clinical research, biotech/pharma, healthcare and medical devices. As an exhibitor, the firm’s life sciences translation experts will share best practices on the important role that language solutions and translation plays in clinical trials, patient recruitment and regulatory affairs material and documentation.

Contact us to schedule a meeting at DIA 2017.