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The importance of a diverse patient pool

It is essential to study a diverse patient pool, as failure to do so hinders our ability to test the safety and efficacy of new treatments in minority populations. Treatment of minority patients based on results from non-inclusive studies may lead to unexpected side effects because of the differences in reactions to medicines or disease effects across different populations. Increased input from a diverse group of patients can help to mitigate these negative effects and result in more widely applicable clinical research.

The most recent FDA global participation in clinical trials report highlighted the low participation of Black or African American, as well as Asian populations in clinical trials. These groups are often underrepresented, due to a range of factors including a lack of education about clinical trials and a lack of awareness about trial opportunities, compared to other populations.

This disparity can be improved by lessening the patient burden for minority participants, namely through increasing the reach of clinical trial education and communicating clearly the plans and designs of the study protocol.

Clinical research sites could also strive to employ Principal Investigators that are representative of a broader population, and include research materials that have been translated into the language of the patient population.

Citruslabs can help you improve your recruitment of a more representative sample appropriate to your study, as our Citrus platform curates an educated patient pool that is used by over 200 research sites. Our fully integrated recruitment and retention platform matches, screens, and enrolls thousands of patients each month, and we ensure our research sites are connected to an educated and engaged pool of over 3 million patients.

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Citrus is a fully integrated recruitment and retention software that fits any clinical trial and simplifies the implementation of patient engagement in your clinical trial. Whether you are already working with CTMS systems or not, Citrus is the perfect add-on to make patient interaction effective.

Since 2015, our team has been hard at work raising awareness of clinical trials across the globe. A Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ company and a graduate of the renowned Techstar program in New York, Citruslabs is at the forefront of patient recruitment and retention technologies. With over 3 million patients now recorded on our databases, our patient recruitment dashboard is fast becoming the most efficient method of trial recruitment.

Now a #1 health app in 17 countries, our Mindmate app is helping to revolutionize the way we think about healthcare. Mindmate “[takes] senior care into the digital age” (Forbes, 2018) by providing people with cognitive decline the essential tools to help them rebuild and maintain strong mental health. Trusted by millions of users, our health community continues to grow as the content available expands to the needs of individuals today.

With more than 200 research sites now using the Citrus platform to screen thousands of patients every month, researchers are now well on their way to finding new treatments for hundreds of different health conditions - something that just would not be possible without a technological solution. Make sure that your clinical trial is in the lucky 12% and turn that luck into guaranteed results with Citrus.

Still a little unsure? Check out what our customers have to say about us here.

And If you’d like to know more about how Citruslabs can help you recruit more effectively, get in touch with our team here.


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