Clinical trials are an important step in the progress toward treatments and cures — and thus our health.
You know the trials are important, so what stops you from participating?
Many say they fear the unknown.
Others say they don’t want to travel to the location.
Many fear they will get a placebo and waste time and energy for no personal results.
Can technology come to the rescue to improve results?
Clinical Trial Innovation
Removing barriers to improve the level of participation in study trials is something researchers have been striving to do to achieve successful outcomes.
A new trial has been established that will help do just that with the use of technology.
People who have hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, and are taking blood pressure lowering medications have been invited to join this study from the comfort of their own home.
Participants can use their own computer, tablet, or smartphone to access the study and enter data into the study app that they are already compiling – blood pressure readings.
This particular study also offers an added incentive. Cash!
Virtual Hypertension Clinical Trial
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and AchieveMint are conducting this online, virtual research study to learn about hypertension.
The goal is to better understand the management of high blood pressure and hopes to benefit many with hypertension in the future.
This is online-only survey includes a free blood pressure cuff to take readings.
It does not include medication and there are no live visits.
They are seeking participants who have high blood pressure — greater than 140/90 — and are currently taking at least one anti-hypertension medication.
You should be over 18 years of age and live in the US.
You simply record your blood pressure reading with a blood pressure cuff they will provide. You then enter your blood pressure readings three times a week into the app installed on your personal computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Eligible participants can earn up to $100 compensation if they complete the study.
The only contraindications to participation are dialysis, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.
The results of the study will be published to advance knowledge.
How to Join the Study
AchieveMint has this information to help you decide if this is something you can do:
- Complete screener questions online at link below.
- Provide consent and complete an initial survey.
- To verify that you are eligible for the study, we’ll need to check that your blood pressure is within a certain range. To do this, we’ll mail you a simple wireless blood pressure cuff so that you can submit your blood pressure measurements from home.
- If eligible, use an app and submit blood pressure measurements 3 more times over 12 weeks.
- Complete a final survey at 12 weeks.
- Receive up to $100 for your contributions to the study!
The AchieveMint Studies website will help you to complete the study surveys and to connect the necessary apps to your study profile.
Security of personal health information is another concern many people have when considering using health apps on their smartphones and joining a research study.
This is what AchieveMint says about security:
All information about you and your study data will be stored securely at all times on limited access, encrypted servers. Only authorized research staff can view any study data and all analysis will be conducted using data that is anonymized (i.e. the data contains no identifying information about you). We will only share and/or publish results from this study using overall summary data with information from all patients combined; we will never report findings on any one individual person’s responses.
If this virtual study is of interest to your senior loved one or you as family caregiver, you can get started by taking the pre-screener now!
Using technology to make it easier for us to participate in clinical trials is an idea whose time has come and we look forward to more of these innovations to help find treatments and cure disease that plague our senior loved ones (and us)!