Patient Resources: COVID-19 and Participation in Clinical Trials
The work to fight disease has always been about the patient. It always will be.
Quickly sift through hundreds of thousands of clinical trials to find the right match.
CenterWatch iConnect is a powerful search engine that matches your personal data to ongoing clinical trials: COVID-19 trials and hundreds of thousands of ongoing trials finding treatments for other serious disorders.
Here’s how CenterWatch iConnect works:
Note: WCG CenterWatch strongly urges you to conduct this search—and others like it—in counsel with your caregivers.
Patient advocacy groups are a trusted source for persons seeking clinical trials as well as those already enrolled. During the COVID-19 crisis, pharmaceutical sponsors and study sites also are encouraged to join advocacy-sponsored discussions. First, it’s a way to hear important questions and concerns they might miss otherwise. Second, it can help study teams develop communications throughout this crisis that are patient-friendly and meaningful to patients and their families alike.
Many advocacy groups are convening daily and weekly informational webinars, discussions, and question and answer sessions. These communications with others living with your disease can be quite comforting during uncertain times. You can learn more about such offerings on the advocacy groups’ websites.
If you already had a serious condition and now are concerned about COVID-19 too, chances are your advocacy group has information on their website of help to people like you. Plus, they often have staff who can answer questions person-to-person, provide direct help, guide you to help you can get on your own, and steer you to sources of trustworthy advice.
You can also search using your web browser for other advocacy groups, using the name of the disorder you are interested in as the main search term.
Find out what resources are available to your patient participants. It is important to trial participants to hear which support systems you recommend. It can be important to the success of your study too.
Listen in to WCG’s webinar series for front-line clinical trial professionals combating COVID-19. Top experts (doctors, scientists, medical ethicists, patient advocates and more) hash out the promise and the problems of cutting-edge drugs, therapies and modalities while you watch.
[4/1] Our panelists discuss best practices for:
[3/25] Our panelists cover how clinical sites and institutions are making decisions about what research should continue during COVID-19, what resources site teams are utilizing to shift study visits to virtual and remote assessments, and what changes are being made to protocols based on site policies and precautions. Also presented is the participant perspective: how we can manage fear, change, and messages about “non-essential” research priorities.
[3/18] From protocol amendments to participant recruitment and retention, the impact of COVID-19 could be enormous. What can you do to minimize the disruption to your ongoing, or upcoming, clinical trial? Our panel of experts from NYU Langone Medical Center and WCG discuss ways to reduce the impact of this pandemic on your studies to keep them on track.
[3/13] In this webinar, experts from the FDA and Massachusetts General Hospital discuss what we know, and don’t know, about the nature and epidemiology of COVID-19, what’s happening as we work to develop vaccines and therapeutic agents, and how health care institutions are preparing for COVID-19 across different divisions.