Clinical Trials focus generally mainly on the scientific aspects, but aspects that are important for patients in daily life are often underrepresented. The (study) nurse is in close contact with the patients and has an overview of the general challenges a patient has to participate in a clinical trial or what is of interest to patients.
We invited a nurse in the Steering Committee of a phase IIIb study with the goal to get representative feedback and insights that help us to make the study patient friendly, but also addressing the right questions, to achieve a meaningful outcome for the patients. Already during the protocol discussion, the nurse provided us with insights that made us change the protocol significantly.
Problems addressed by Initiative
Many clinical trials are not patient-friendly for participation, but also do not address the outcome that are meaningful for patients
Involving patients in the lifecycle of medicine development