Development of new strategies through “Design Thinking Exercise” methodology

What are the most frequent doubts and concerns of research participants when they are offered the opportunity to enrol in a clinical study? How can we facilitate communication between researchers and participants from different cultural backgrounds within the informed consent process? How can innovative technologies help to improve the information given in relation to a clinical research protocol?   

The three workshops with cultural mediators and other health professionals, which were held at LUMSA University on January 23rd, February 7th and February 28th, 2019, focused on devising new strategies aimed at increasing access to clinical trials for research participants from different cultural and religious backgrounds, by using the “Design Thinking” methodology – handled by Mara Zampol (Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital, OPBG) – in order to ideate creative solutions through interaction.

The results obtained from the application of this methodology, which are currently being examined by OPBG, in conjunction with LUMSA, will feed into i-CONSENT activities pertaining to new strategies for increasing participation of research subjects from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds in clinical trials.

Soon on our website!