Nurses to Encourage Clinical Research Participation Via PHA Webinar

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by Patrícia Silva, PhD |

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Pulmonary Hypertension AssociationA pair of nurses from the Stanford University Medical Center are set to conduct a live webinar on much-needed public awareness of clinical research — the most crucial and intensive phase in product and treatment development before achieving marketing approval and finally benefiting consumers and patients everywhere. Juliana Liu, RN, MSN, ANP-C, and Val Scott, RN will be discussing what its like to participate in one of these clinical trials, clarify any misconceptions, and encourage more people to enroll on Tuesday, November 18 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

According to the National Institutes of Health, the greatest barrier to having enough subjects for a study is the lack of awareness, and adequate information on the true social good of clinical research. According to a recent survey:

  • 85% of patients were either unaware or unsure that joining a clinical trial was an option at the time of their diagnosis; and
  • 75% said they would have enrolled if they knew about them.

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The first speaker determined to make more patients aware of this option is Juliana Liu from the University of California in San Francisco. She is currently an adult nurse practitioner at Stanford University Medical Center, where she has worked since 2002. She was the interim chair of the Research and Publications Committee, and mentor for the PH Professional Network of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Ms. Liu is also a member of the PH Care Center Review Committee. She is an accomplished allied health professional, with a strong background in pulmonary hypertension management, and has been invited across the country and the globe to present on PH.

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The second, Val Scott, comes from Scotland, where she finished her nursing degree and ICU certification from the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She devoted much of her career to clinical nursing – 10 of which specialized in critical care – before focusing on clinical research in 1990. After moving to the US in 1997, she settled in California. A year later in 1998, she began coordinating PH clinical trials at Stanford, which she continues to do today.

Those interested can click here to register, and learn more about how you or a loved one can both get involved in and benefit from clinical research initiatives near you or across the country.