WCG COVID-19 Resource Center Gives Trial Participants Key Information
WCG Clinical has launched a new COVID-19 online patient resource center to help trial participants understand how the pandemic may affect their trials and to help prospective participants match to clinical trials via CenterWatch iConnect.
WCG Senior Director of Patient Advocacy Lori Abrams says it’s crucial to keep patients in the loop about trial developments during the crisis. Sponsors and sites need to understand that participants are worried and unsure about the future of their treatments, including if study visits will continue and whether they will still receive their drugs, and if so, how, Abrams says.
Sponsors can provide sites with details of trial modifications so sites can update participants via phone and video. Patients also deserve regular communication from trusted sources like patient advocacy groups (PAGs), Abrams says, noting that many drugmakers and CROs have started to provide PAGs with prompt information on clinical trial pauses, on-time and delayed study visits, and temporary study changes made in response to the crisis.
She also recommends creating a buddy system for participants so they can share their experiences with one another and said that PAGs can help facilitate that.
Here’s a link to WCG’s patient resource center: https://bit.ly/2JOkk4Z.