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6 Ways Text Messaging Improves Site-Less Clinical Trials
Key to the success of site-less research is maintaining patient privacy, building relationships between participants and study staff remotely and ensuring a great patient experience, safety, and compliance. Each subject needs a clear point-of-contact to ensure the success of the trial.  The use of text messaging in clinical research has been shown to improve enrollment, retention, visit attendance, adherence, and overall study compliance in current clinical trial settings. As the landscape of clinical research changes, so do the applications of text messaging software.  Read more for 6 ways text messaging improves site-less trials.


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Tap Into Patient Experiences To Improve Clinical Trial Enrollment & Engagement
Research show that consumers now have a high level of trust in information they get from people like them online. This creates an untapped opportunity for clinical development teams to have patients help other patients decide whether to participate in a clinical trial. Creative and compliant programs built around the patient experience have the potential to dramatically change clinical trial recruiting — and actually improve the outcomes of the clinical trials themselves.

E-clinical Trials Move Towards Personalized Medicine
To encourage participation, clinical trials should offer patients a convenient environment, easy access to trial information, and the option for simpler travel. Not only do these factors allow patients to participate easily, but they also provide specialized investigators with the option to expand the region from where they can enroll patients. All of this is only possible when e-clinical technologies are available.  Discover the key drivers and challenges of paving the way forward for e-clinical trials.

Communicate, motivate and activate for successful patient recruitment
Recruiting patients for clinical trials is not as straightforward as it may seem. Identifyi­ng patients that match the inclusion and exclusion criteria can be an immense task on its own, yet it is not simply the identification that leads to successful enrollment. In order to collect optimal data, it is imperative to communicate, motivate and activate those patients who are willing to invest their time as participants. Read more for ways to find these study participants.

Study Shows Texting as Good as Medication at Improving type 2 Diabetes Management
Low-income Hispanics with Type 2 diabetes who received health-related text messages every day for six months saw improvements in their blood sugar levels that equaled those resulting from some glucose-lowering medications, researchers report.  After the trial ended, 96 percent of the study group participants said the text messages helped them to manage their diabetes “a lot.” The same amount said they would continue receiving text messages if given the choice, and 97 percent said they would recommend the program to friends and family members.

New Survey Highlights Need for Better Patient Engagement in Clinical Trials
The rise of the internet, mobile technologies, and social media has caused a fundamental shift in patient preferences, which has had a major effect on the clinical trial industry at large. Recruiting qualified participants for clinical trials in a cost- and time-efficient manner has always been a challenge, but as patients have become more and more empowered, they’re expecting more from their healthcare experiences. If clinical trials want to attract and retain participants, they need to make sure they thoroughly understand the needs and expectations of the modern patient.

What are some misunderstood complexities of bringing clinical studies to patients’ homes?
With biopharmaceutical companies facing increased pressure to recruit and retain available patients, the cost of drug development is rising. Whether the clinical trial is investigating an orphan disease or a highly competitive indication like diabetes, the application of direct-to-patient services embedded as part of a wider strategy for e-clinical or “virtual” trials may improve the availability, recruitment and retention of patient groups through treatment of the patient at home.

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