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Tools Connecting Patients to Clinical Trials

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There are a variety of matching tools created to allow patients to enter information about themselves into a registry, and then be matched to clinical trials for which they are eligible.  For example:

While extremely helpful, these tools require a person to find out about the registry, and then take the time to enter data about themselves into it.  A recent article in the online journal Nature Medicine “New tools automatically match patients with clinical trials” http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v19/n7/full/nm0713-793.html describes how new automatic matching tools are being tested to increase patient participation in clinical trials.

At Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center in Richmond VA and the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center in Cleveland OH, automated tools evaluate patient information from the data in the hospital records.  An algorithm checks the patient data with clinical trials registry data, and if a match is found, alerts the physician who can then offer that option to the patient.  One hope for these kinds of automated trial matching tools is that they can be used as a way to increase minority participation in clinical trials.

 

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