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Hearing the Patient’s Voice in Clinical Trials

March 16, 2011

Current Challenges Facing Health Professions - at Regis College

Thursday, April 7, 2010, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Upper Student Union, Alumnae Hall, Regis College

Imagine that you are a subject in a clinical trial of a new compound. The drug is intended to treat a disease that has very personal symptoms. You have been given a paper diary to record all those very personal symptoms every day. You are embarrassed to learn that your teenaged son has found your diary. What’s more, the nurse at your doctor’s office goes through the completed diary page by page with you when you come in for a visit.

What would you do? Would you skip the very personal questions, or maybe wait until the last minute before your doctor’s visit to complete the diary? If you complete lots of diaries in one sitting, would you remember your symptoms from last week, or just have to guess? These are some of the issues that have plagued researchers who want to capture accurately patient experience in a clinical trial.

Join us as Barbara Marino of PHT Corporation discusses ways to improve our ability to hear the patient’s voice in clinical trials. Marino is a pioneering clinical research and measurement authority on the design and implementation of clinical trial protocols using patient-reported outcomes to collect clinical data. PHT Corporation is a leader in using electronic solutions to patient data collection in clinical trials.

Issues to be explored include: Will electronic capture of patient-reported clinical information improve data quality? How is clinical trial design affected? Will the cost of clinical trials be reduced? How will the products that allow electronic capture of patient-reported information be regulated? How will electronic patient-reported information be integrated with healthcare informatics?

This event is appropriate for the general public, who may be clinical subjects or are interested in clinical research, as well as students and professionals in the health field.

  • 6:00 – Registration, refreshments
  • 6:30 – Presentation
  • 7:15 – Questions and answers
  • 8:00 – Informal discussion and refreshments

Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Sciences and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 17 undergraduate majors; 30 minors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in education, communication, health administration, health product regulation, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The College is listed by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.
CONTACT: Marjorie Arons-Barron,; 617-423-7770

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