Our extensive research found that the main reasons why urologists won’t engage with their patients about enrolling in a cancer clinical trial include the lack of information about available trials and why they could be beneficial for their practice, and minimal or no training on how to approach patients. Time concerns, lack of support materials and minimal or no collaboration with local cancer center or oncology practices are also of major importance.
The LIR project helps urology practices address all of these concerns by providing the training, know-how and tools to foster success in bringing novel research and treatment opportunities to patients.
This is a brief list of the LIR intervention components:
Clinical trial “flow sheet” (listing of open trials)
Trial chart notes to inform referring urologist about the care provided to those enrolled in the trial
Practice-branded patient-facing materials to educate patients and inform about clinical trials
Trail-specific patient videos (accessible on-site or online)
Dedicated referral pathway to the cancer center, including prescription pads, referral forms, referral feedback templates