Home Nurses Bring Clinical Studies to Patients

Apr 16, 2013
Download the UBC whitepaper on the top 10 clinical trial cost-cutting innovations for 2013, including how home nurses bring clinical studies to patients.

United BioSource Corporation (UBC), an Express Scripts subsidiary, recently released a whitepaper on its “Top 10 Clinical Trial Cost-Cutting Innovations for 2013 and Beyond.”

Over the last few years, the rapid evolution of technology has meant that many of the activities involved in clinical trials no longer require the patient to be on-site. Using computers, smartphones and other devices, a great deal of data can now be gathered and sent directly from the patient’s home. In the area of clinical research, the term “patient-centric” has become increasingly popular as more techniques are developed to allow aspects of clinical research that were traditionally conducted in the site to be carried out by the patient or from the patient’s home. 

Focusing on Patients

Home health nurses provide pharmaceutical companies with an opportunity to change their clinical development model to focus more on connecting with patients and providing true patient centricity in research.

Clinical study patients are often the sickest of the sick. Many patients enroll in clinical studies because traditional therapies have not worked or ceased to be effective in managing their disease. These patients are also the ones who may benefit the most from UBC’s home health nursing services. They typically have a hard time getting to a doctor’s office or clinic because travel is difficult for them or they rely on someone else for transportation.

UBC home health nurses provide the same key services a patient would receive at a study site. They administer the drug, collect blood specimens, complete case report forms and educate the patient about their medications. Home health nurses are especially critical to the success of clinical studies that require daily patient visits and complicated lab draws. Through our network, we are able to offer thousands of trained nurses within driving distance of 90% of the U.S. population. Our network also extends to every province in Canada, Puerto Rico and across Europe. In 2012, UBC coordinated nurses for more than 25,000 patients involved in commercial programs and clinical studies.

Helping Patients Feel Better

UBC home health nurses enjoy being able to help patients. One of them recently described a 9-year-old patient who suffers from severe anemia related to kidney disease. His condition requires that he rest for part of each day. He participated in a clinical study, and the medication he received helped mitigate some of the fatigue he was experiencing, enabling him to join his classmates at recess. Being able to make such a noticeable difference in a patient’s quality of life is what she and our other nurses find particularly rewarding about their job.

Their work gives patients who may not otherwise enroll in a study, because of distance or physical limitations, access to new therapies. And it helps bring to market these new therapies that have the potential to help other patients. Home health nursing is just one of many innovative services UBC offers pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Top 10 Clinical Innovations

You can learn more about home health nurses and other services in our white paper: Top 10 Clinical Trial Cost-Cutting Innovations for 2013 and Beyond.

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