Could digital patient communities be the launch pad for patient-centric trial design?
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Trials 2014, 15:172 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-15-172Published: 15 May 2014
The system of medical discovery does not revolve around patients as unique individuals with preferences, needs, and desires. Rather it revolves around scientific scrutiny, the needs of the sponsor, and the desires for regulatory approval. The patient is only a subject. Is it any wonder, then, that some patients have rejected the current medical paradigm and sought to find their own path?