The 2nd annual Patients as Partners conference is taking place March 16-17 in Philadelphia. The conference organizers are offering friends of Rebar Interactive a 15% discount. To claim the discount, enter “REB15” during registration.
If you have an interest in partnering with patients for clinical trials, you will enjoy this conference. And if you don’t have an interest in partnering with patients for clinical trials, you should really reconsider your interests. I’ve been writing for years about the need to provide a better patient experience in clinical trials, and partnership with patients is key to bringing about this improvement.
Traditional healthcare authorities, including pharma, are no longer completely driving healthcare. The Internet has connected and empowered patients, and they now expect greater participation and control over the direction of healthcare. Patients are increasingly in the driver’s seat, and to be successful in clinical trials, we need to partner with them.
If you want to understand the present and future of clinical trials, then you need to understand patients. The topics being addressed at this conference will go a long way in helping you do that. For a full listing of the conference content, check out the agenda. The sessions will address how sponsors and patients can partner to:
- Make trials more accessible to patients
- Lower drop out rates
- Evolve trials for personalized medicine
- Generate higher quality data
- Speed therapies to market
As a former research coordinator, I’m thrilled to see that sponsors have more interest in treating patients as partners. Patients, as well as the industry, will benefit as a result.