PPD StudyGage: Automated patient assessment of clinical study design

What if you could predict which changes to your study design improved patient participation rates or led to better patient diversity? Now you can. StudyGage, PPD’s innovative, proprietary study patient burden tool, leverages more than 60,000 patient study participation decisions collected from a diverse sample of patients from around the world.

In a few simple steps, StudyGage provides access to validated1 assessments of how standard and alternative study designs will impact patient participation decisions, allowing you to simulate study participation rates and better determine how they can be optimized through changes in scientific and operational strategy.

Unlock the power of the patient voice with PPD StudyGage

In less than 30 minutes, you’ll gain a patient perspective on your study. Our automated tool is:

  • Innovative – a novel application of choice methods and functionality not available in other patient burden tools.
  • Predictive – predicting the impact of design strategies on enrollment rates.
  • Comprehensive – assessing both scientific and operational strategies, including innovations such as decentralization.
  • Generalizable – based on a large, diverse, global sample to enable disease- and country-mix-specific insight.
  • Diverse – assessing how study design impacts varies between sociodemographic groups.
  • Accurate – validated1 predictions that enable you to take a patient-centric approach to study participation rates.
  • Compatible – integrate patient insights into your existing feasibility modelling capabilities.

Test the impact of patient and study design characteristics

The features of your study design and participant characteristics influence patients’ willingness to participate in your trial. We identified the study, patient and country features that most influenced participation decisions so you can simulate, learn and adjust your study design to achieve the best results.2

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Study design features

  • Countries*
  • Trial duration
  • Assessment schedule
  • Digital and decentralized solutions
  • Proportion of patients on placebo
  • Procedures/tests
  • Risk of side effects
  • Recruitment method
  • Able to continue to treatment
  • Support: transport, concierge
  • Trial hours
  • Compensation

*StudyGage contains a database of country characteristics that influence participation including:

  • Altruism, trust in healthcare
  • Treatment access and affordability
  • Employment rate

Patient characteristics

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Time since diagnosis
  • Number of previous treatments
  • Life expectancy
  • Quality of life
How does StudyGage work?
1. Define your target population.

Choose from age, gender, disease experience, treatment experience country mix, and more.

2. StudyGage identifies matching patient profiles in its database.

StudyGage searches over 3,000 patient profiles.

3. Estimate baseline participation rates.

See what proportion of patients will participate and who might participate with design updates.

4. Identify sources of burden.

See what proportion of patients will not participate due to different design features.

5. Optimize study design.

StudyGage insights are used by clinical development, clinical operations teams, recruitment specialists and digital and decentralization teams to optimize the study design.

6. Estimate the impact of optimized design.

Update your design and assess the resulting improvements in your enrollment rates.

A best-in-class patient burden tool that’s designed for compatibility

StudyGage is designed to be compatible with your existing processes and capabilities, making integration and deployment easy.

It enhances other feasibility modelling solutions. Do you already use tools that estimate enrollment rates? Already leveraging data on epidemiology and historical study and site performance? No problem. StudyGage complements these tools to integrate the patient voice into this story, estimating how these enrollment rates might be improved by optimizing the scientific or operational strategy.

StudyGage also works with a variety of deployment options. Whether you need a one-off study assessment, want to integrate the patient voice into your existing suite of study design tools or need a broader trial optimization consultancy service, our flexible deployment options can adapt to your specific needs and strategic goals.

People-driven solutions, and expertise you can trust

Drive your drug development program forward by partnering with a leading, global CRO that leverages a proven track record and deep expertise to keep the patient at the forefront. Our innovative StudyGage tool will help you understand patients’ willingness to participate in your clinical studies so that you can enhance and accelerate your clinical trial performance and regulatory success.

Ready to try StudyGage for yourself? Schedule a meeting and get a demo.

1 Data was collected on over 3,000 patients’ willingness to participate in 3 different clinical studies and compared with StudyGage predictions

2 How do study design features and participant characteristics influence willingness to participate in clinical trials? Results from a choice experiment – PubMed (nih.gov)