I stumbled on a Twitter thread to crowdsource recommendations for clinical trials website. I worked out a quick hack and a limited brain-storming session to design the website:[embeddoc url=”https://www.dropbox.com/s/mctjw3s579kp6vw/Note%2018-Feb-2020.pdf?dl=1″ viewer=”google” ]
This is an immediate hack, but the landing page should feature the importance of clinical trials. I understand that mobile applications are popular, but that amounts to an extra expense. Instead, a mobile-responsive webpage can be produced that works as effectively as the application itself.
It is somewhat straightforward to detect location through the browser interface and list the most relevant trials in that area. It would likewise help to have a countdown timer or a visual indication of dates as it is easier to miss the trial recruitment in the wall of text.
I am a stickler for documentation, but sharing the information should be frictionless. There are many websites that allow your log-ins through the mobile applications or your existing email ID’s (like a sign in with Google). One way out is to use Telegram log in functionality that sends a token to your app. Once you allow, it is a seamless way to access this functionality.
It is also challenging to implement forums/group support, but it would be advantageous to have a dedicated Telegram channel, for example, to apprise the users of progress of trial. The website could serve as an interface between patients/families with the trial managers (with nominal paperwork and digital consents) that would facilitate up the accrual process. (I have considerable experience and would gladly volunteer to assist in this process).
Last but not the least is the constant A/B testing of the site. It is crucial to understand the quantitative metrics, to see what’s working and what demands to be improved. A static website as a parking page for information is redundant. After consent, there could be a prominent placement for those who have volunteered for trials. They deserve more kudos for furthering the cause of medicine. I would likewise pitch in with regular interviews of their custodians on how everybody cooperated to make their decision-making process smoother.
I’d say that it should transform into a service-oriented opportunity for the larger cause of medicine.