Terri Eichorn has over 27 years of clinical research experience and has conducted over 110 clinical trials in many different therapeutic areas such as Diabetes, Vaccines, Gout, GERD, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, Metabolic Syndrome, Acute Bronchitis, Angina and Congestive Heart Failure. Terri is the Director of Clinical Operations at Columbia Research Group and is Peer Health’s Clinical Research Advisor.
Clinical trials are at the heart of all medical advances as they look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the safest and fastest way to find treatments that work, and new ways to improve health. Many different kinds of clinical trials exist, including those that study:
- Prevention options
- New treatments or new ways to use existing treatments
- New screening and diagnostic techniques
- Options for improving the quality of life for people who have serious medical conditions.
There are a variety of good reasons to volunteer for a clinical trial. Healthy volunteers may want to help others and advance medical science. Volunteers with an illness may also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and additional care from the clinical trial staff.
Clinical trials are crucial to the medical community. However, among all of the patients who could benefit, but did not participate in a clinical trial, 65% were not aware of the appropriate trial. Increasing clinical trial awareness is of paramount importance, but this is easier said than done. Navigating the inclusion/exclusion criteria and determining which trial is the most appropriate is challenging for healthcare professionals, let alone patients. Furthermore, only 40% of Americans have a positive impression of clinical trials, raising a question of trust.1
This is where peer-to-peer healthcare can help. While using Peer Health patients can create highly personalized peer groups to connect with others based on their healthcare conditions and complications, medications, and disease stage. These personalized peer groups can provide patients with emotional support, practical advice, and awareness of the clinical trials that are most appropriate for themselves.
Peer Health aims to help patients with healthcare challenges of all types. Joining Peer Health and creating a personalized healthcare community is the first step to this, and participating in clinical research is the next. Become a stronger self-advocate and play a more active role in your treatment with Peer Health. Join us.