Near the end of last year, I had the bright idea of starting a second blog, Placebo Lead-In, to capture a lot of smaller items that I found interesting but wasn't going to work up into a full-blown, 1000 word post.
According to Murphy’s Law, or the Law of Unintended Consequences, or the Law of Biting Off More Than You Can Chew, or some such similar iron rule of the universe, what happened next should have been predictable.
First, my team at CAHG Trials launched a new blog, First Patient In. FPI is dedicated to an open discussion of patient recruitment ideas, and I’m extremely proud of what we've published so far.
Next, I was invited to be a guest blogger for the upcoming Partnerships in Clinical Trials Conference.
Suddenly, I've gone from 1 blog to 4. And while my writing output appears to have increased, it definitely hasn't quadrupled. So this blog has been quiet for a bit too long as a result.
The good news is that the situation is temporary - Partnerships will actually happen at the end of this month. (If you’re going: drop me a line and let’s meet. If you’re not: you really should come and join us!) My contributions to FPI will settle into a monthly post, as I have a fascinating and clever team to handle most of the content.
In case you've missed it, then, here is a brief summary of my posts elsewhere over the past 2 months.
First Patient In
- How to Catalyze a Clinical Trial - My inaugural post introducing the blog and its purpose
- Video: Predicting Referral Conversion in Clinical Trial Advertising - A somewhat technical but very important topic, how to visualize and model the “real time” results of recruitment advertising at the sites.
- The Crystal Ball is on the Fritz - What to do with a broken enrollment feasibility process, and how asking will never be as good as measuring
Partnerships in Clinical Trials
- The New Breed of Clinical Trial Matchmakers - A (hopefully pretty complete, thanks to knowledgeable commenters) listing of services looking to match interested patients to clinical trials
- Rethinking Patient Enrollment, in One Graphic - The perils of predictability in site-based enrollment
- Seize the Data! Will Big Data Save Us from Ourselves? - My take on what I consider to be the large and serious obstacles in the way of “Big Data” solutions for patient recruitment
Please take a look, and I will see you back here soon.
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