Initiative will match patients with relevant clinical trials and keep patients informed of research progress
Web business PatientsLikeMe and the nonprofit Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) have agreed a new partnership with Sanofi to raise awareness about the benefits of participating in clinical trials. The partnership will spotlight ‘Medical Heroes’ – those who participate in clinical trials to advance medical knowledge – with the aim of increasing patient awareness about clinical trial opportunities.
The partnership will use PatientsLikeMe’s Clinical Trial Awareness tool to match patients with relevant Sanofi clinical trials and CISCRP’s educational materials to inform patients and their support network about the clinical research process. Through the tool, patients can search for and be notified about trials based on age, sex, disease or condition, and location criteria.
As part of this collaboration, the clinical trial tool on PatientsLikeMe will become part of Sanofi’s trial recruitment process for a range of conditions, including asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and oncology. Additionally, the partners will work together to raise awareness among doctors of the benefits of clinical trials for their patients.
‘An integrative approach that combines patient education with recruitment communication is essential to engaging informed study volunteers,’ says Ken Getz, CISCRP’s founder and chairman.
PatientsLikeMe is a patient network that connects patients with others who have the same disease or condition enabling them to track and share their own experiences. In the process, they generate data about the real-world nature of disease that can help researchers, pharmaceutical companies, regulators, providers and others to develop more effective products.