Timothy Craig, DO of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center talks about the need for clinicians to be educated about the pros and cons of entering a clinical trial.
Clinical trials, especially those for rare diseases, are excellent opportunities for patients to obtain free state-of-the-art clinical care while advancing our understanding of rare conditions. However, the decision to enter a clinical trial is not an easy one to make—there are some drawbacks to being part of a clinical trial that patients need to understand. And it is the responsibility of the clinician to provide that information to the patient.
CheckRare’s continuing education program for clinicians and nurses, is a seven-module program designed to educate health professionals about clinical trials for various rare conditions. Each 15-minute module explores a specific aspect of the clinical trial experience (e.g., researching clinical trials, talking to your patient about clinical trials, finding rare cancer clinical trials, etc). CME/CNE credited modules include:
- Researching Clinical Trial Opportunities for Patients
- Exploring Options with Your Patient
- Team Approach to Managing a Clinical Trial Participant
- Lysosomal Storage Diseases
- Rare Hematologic Clinical Trials
- Rare Pulmonology Clinical Trials
- Educating and Managing Rare Cancer Patients in Clinical Trials