Patient Thoughts on Medical Tests for Research

Here is a guest post I wrote earlier this year for METAvivor called "How Do People Feel about Bone Marrow Exams?" It was based on a study with Bonnie King from Stanford. While this may be one of the more gruesome-sounding medical procedures that some patients go through, it is not necessarily unique.  Too often, researchers think about all … Continue reading Patient Thoughts on Medical Tests for Research

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How Do We Get Better Research Results?

We learn about diseases and illnesses from research studies. Some focus on treatment (clinical trials), while others study groups of people (observational studies). Unfortunately, many studies are unclear, wrong, or can't be easily transferred into everyday medical practice. Study designs actually matter. They determine whether a research study helps real patients or just asks esoteric questions to further careers or … Continue reading How Do We Get Better Research Results?

A Clinical Trial Failed Patients

Something horrible happened - a clinical trial failed, causing one unexpected death and seriously injuring 5 people. And instead of dealing with a dysfunctional research system, “experts” are spouting off on their own. The few articles written to date focus on the drug (aka the money), not on what people want to know. My Initial Thoughts ClinicalTrialsArena asked … Continue reading A Clinical Trial Failed Patients

Clinical Trial Patient Summaries Win!

Congratulations to the MRCT Center of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard and team for winning the 2015 Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection from the Health Improvement Institute! The winning project recommends ways to write public summaries after a clinical trial is over. Why Is This Important? People join clinical trials (research studies) so researchers … Continue reading Clinical Trial Patient Summaries Win!

Last Chance to Say Your Word on NPRM

I posted "Informed about Changes to Research Consents?" on 11/15/15. You now have until 1/6/2016 at 11:58pm EST to send your comments about the changes that will affect hundreds of thousands of patients, researchers and institutions (at least). PLEASE send in your comments! Here's how: Read my blog post on 11/15/15 to refresh yourself, and feel free … Continue reading Last Chance to Say Your Word on NPRM

When Clinical Trials Don’t Match Their Data

Clinical trials (research studies in people) can help find better treatment, care and prevention for patients. When done well, they answer important questions posed in the protocol (study plan) before the trial starts. Unfortunately, those answers are often not published. Some also don’t have the right study designs, which means the studies won’t tell us what we truly … Continue reading When Clinical Trials Don’t Match Their Data