Marion, How are advocates selected? I realize that you are one and I thank you for that. What I don't understand is, for each individual trial run is there an advocate chosen? Does the advocate represent the patients in only the one trial they personally participated in? Or, more likely, have I misunderstood some key concept? I think it would be great to see a patient's voice on those micro-print drug inserts!
Michael....advocates work behind the scene in numerous ways. Patient advocates serving on the NCI's Scientific Steering Committee or NCI Scientific Task Force are to support the development of important clinical trials by presenting the patient perspective during concept evaluation and related activities. Advocates are selected to serve on either committee through votes of the membership of the membership of Steering Committees or Task Forces. NCI's Office of Advocacy Relations continues to be engaged in the nomination process in order to identify advocates with relevant experience and skills. The Task Force and Steering Committee each have two advocates working on behalf of the patient community. Given that all NCI sponsored clinical trials follow the same path of development you can be assured that somewhere along the line a patient advocate has had his/her input in this process. It is doubtful though for this to be included in the drug insert. All my best wishes, Marion
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