Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation offers trial-finding app


The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) has begun offering a tool to help patients navigate through more than 100 clinical trials aimed at advancing the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis, according to a statement from the Foundation.

The new tool, the PFF Clinical Trial Finder allows patients “to filter trials by general categories and locations.” The platform includes trials for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

“Before this, it was pretty impossible to search for clinical trials,” noted Bill Burke, a PF patient and support group leader from Williamsburg, Va., in the statement.

The tool, which is available both on the PFF website and as a free app, draws on information from ClinicalTrials.gov.

The Foundation intends for the new tool to give patients “a voice in their care process,” according to the statement.

“We want to empower patients to actively participate in identifying clinical trials,” said Harold R. Collard, MD, senior medical adviser of research and development for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

More information about the trial finder is available on the PFF’s website.

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