Successful drug development isn’t possible without successful clinical trials – which in turn are reliant on dedicated researchers and participants.
This week’s fifth annual Clinical Trials Awareness Week, from May 13 to 17, hopes to shine a light on that team effort, as well as help overcome some of the most common obstacles to clinical trial recruitment.
“Throughout the week, CCTA and its partners will discuss out-of-pocket expenses for clinical trial participants, reimbursements associated with enrollment, and policy solutions proposed and enacted at the state and federal level to help patients overcome these barriers,” a spokesman for the Coalition for Clinical Trials Awareness (CCTA) notes.
Among the planned events were a Capitol Hill briefing on May 14, followed by a Twitter Town Hall on May 17.
But it doesn’t stop there. On May 20, the research community will unite to mark Clinical Trials Day 2019 with PopUp Star, an industry-sponsored initiative designed to bring research awareness to the masses. “We are challenging stakeholders to lead teams that will create the ultimate clinical trial community awareness event.
“Diverse teams from across the world will compete to raise awareness of the importance of clinical research as a care option within communities,” says a spokesman for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), which is leading the effort.
Encouraging greater participation
The goal, the spokesman goes on to say, is to foster greater participation rates by raising awareness of the reasons for, and process of, clinical trials. The day is also an opportunity to thank the hundreds of thousands of people who conduct and take part in clinical research every year.
“Clinical Trials Day is a well-deserved ‘time out’ to recognize the people who conduct clinical trials and to say thanks for what they do every day to improve public health,” the ACRP reveals. “This day of celebration also provides our community with a unique opportunity to raise awareness of clinical trials – and of clinical research as a career option – among the greater public.”
The ACRP requests the medical, research and patient advocacy community get involved with Clinical Trials Day 2019 through their social media channels. “Help us recognize and raise awareness of clinical research and the profession by sharing photos of yourself and your team with selfie signs, posters, and more,” its website urges, with a range of ready-to-use promotional tools available to download.
“Don’t forget to tag us and use the #CTD2019 hashtag,” they say.