Another “Eye Opener” of an infographic from Lily COI team. The data presented seems to indicate that 10% of the patients do not participate in the clinical trials. If only they saw the infographic published by this team in Decemeber that the patients on Placebo will also receieve the standard treatment, could they be swayed to join the trial? Interesting question, Isn’t it?
In December, we published our first infographic. Our goal was to start a discussion around the question: “How often do patients receive placebos in cancer clinical trials?” After digging into the data from cancer trials registered on ClinicalTrials.gov, we found less than a 1 percent chance of a patient receiving a placebo alone on a cancer study. The majority of placebo-based trials adminster the placebo along with standard of care treatments.
We received some great constructive feedback on the graphic from the patient advocacy and clinical research communities through our blog and Twitter. We appreciate those who asked clarifying questions and gave us suggestions for future infographics. Armed with their input, we went to work on our second infographic.
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While Placebos have been in use in Clinical Trials for a long time, I always wondered about the fate of patients who would receive a Placebo rather than the actual drug. This Inforgraphic by Lilly COI team provided an insight into Cancer Clinical Research and the use of Placebos. Thought I’d share it. Personally, I feel we ought to leverage newer technology like Human Genomes and perform more targeted research to not only reduce the cost of clinical research but more importantly reduce the impact of a critically ill patient receiving a Placebo instead of teh actual treatment.
Back in September, we spent some time looking into the overall use of infographics in the clinical research space for a blog post titled, “Using Infographics to Increase Understanding of Clinical Trials.” What we learned is that there is a real opportunity to create more infographics that present information about clinical trials in a way that’s clear, concise and visually-appealing, and that helps answer some of patients’ most frequently asked questions.
So, we decided to take a stab at putting together an infographic of our own. The question we set out to answer: “How often do patients receive placebos in cancer clinical trials?”
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.