The patient centricity movement has clearly changed the clinical trial environment forever. This has evidently been for the better for patients and their families.
This approach to clinical research has given more patients living hours away from the research site the opportunity to enrol and participate in clinical trials. Mobile Research Nurses, telehealth and wearable devices look set to become the norm resulting in patients needing to visit their site less and less. This has greatly reduced the barrier to enrolment and supports patients more closely, thus increasing retention rates. These developments have proved particularly influential within rare diseases or conditions which have challenging physical or mental disabilities. Clinical research can start to become a support for these patients to ensure they access the best care. As a result, the burden of travelling to sites is removed.
Sarah, one of our Mobile Research Nurses with over 30 years clinical research experience across a range of therapy areas, recalled one patient she was able to help over the festive period. “My patient was a lovely lady, sadly her tumour was advanced so we knew she would not recover, but she did tell me my visits helped her cope immensely. This was particularly important to her over what she felt would be her last Christmas. Mobile visits enabled her to make her family her adored Christmas Cake with her children and grandchildren for a last time as it had become tradition.”
Thinking about this example of how mobile research nurse visits meant so much to a patient we wonder how this could be taken further to allow her more precious time with family. Could wearables have helped track any of the clinical endpoints? Could telemedicine have reduced those visits to site even further or e-consent have made the consent process easier?