Breakthrough Patient Recruitment

Health Literacy Initiative Focuses on Provider Education

If you've been a loyal reader of the Healthyist, you know that health literacy is a "pet" topic of ours. As managing editor at MMG, my job is to ensure that the materials we create for patients include the right information and that the information is written in the right way. That means my team is keenly focused on plain language principles. We understand that health literacy levels in this country, as well as around the world, remain lower than many believe. We also understand that … [Read More]

ResearchKit Enrolls Thousands in Clinical Trials: What Next?

Technology plays a large part in patient recruitment and tracking for clinical trials. Apple's new initiative called ResearchKit is offering researchers a new tool to collect and share information. Although this tool is new to the market, a Stanford University study has already used ResearchKit and was able to enroll more than 10,000 people in less than 24 hours. While the initial numbers are staggering for anyone who has worked to recruit patients for a clinical trial, we have to kee… [Read More]

Understanding Depression as a Medical Diagnosis

This post was originally published on March 25, 2014. We are reposting it today in an effort to keep the conversation going about depression, especially among teenagers and young adults. Mental disorders come in so many forms that it's hard to keep track. They're misunderstood, confusing, misdiagnosed and, worst of all, to many, they are taboo. It wasn't until recently, after working on a teen depression campaign on Facebook, that I realized how many people do not comprehend the di… [Read More]


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