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This 3-part series presents results from a study of patient preferences regarding electronic Clinical Outcome Assessments in clinical trials. Part 3 covers how sponsors can humanize eCOA to help increase patient engagement during clinical trials.
Learnings from a study of patient preferences regarding electronic Clinical Outcome Assessments (eCOA) in Clinical Trials
Much research has been done to document patients’ preferences for electronic diaries (eDiary) over the traditional pen-and-paper approach. However, industry has had little insight into how patients prefer to interact with eCOA. This series presents the findings from a study conducted to understand what patients want when completing eCOA assessments during clinical trials.
Read Part 1, “Improving Study Design and Logistics” and Part 2, “Improving User Interface” which appeared earlier this month.
Part 3: Humanizing eCOA
Survey data from 408 patients with osteoarthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), depression, or type II diabetes were collected in the following categories: patient engagement, compliance, ease of use, and feedback on specific eCOA features. In total, 132 different questions were asked. The learnings indicate that even very simple changes in study design and user interface can go a long way toward adding a more human quality to the use of eCOA and promoting patient engagement during clinical trials.
Susan Dallabrida, PhD and Laura Khurana, MPH, ERT