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Edward Chao, MD, is looking for friends on Facebook. But he is not trying to expand his social network. He is looking to see if clinical trials go viral on Facebook similar to funny videos and pictures of cute animals.
Chao has been involved with clinical trials for years. Many physicians still hand out paper flyers to find subjects. But Chao hypothesizes that subjects are more likely than chance to be enrolled in the same clinical trial as their Facebook friends; and that subjects are more likely to volunteer for a clinical trial when friends comment on Facebook about their experiences of being in clinical trials.
“We could learn important information that could positively shape design and recruitment for clinical trials,” Chao explained.
Now Chao is looking to meet Facebook users who:
After obtaining informed consent, participants download their Facebook data via e-mail, and Chao will analyze their comments on clinical trial participation, as well as that of their friends on Facebook. Friends will not themselves be studied.
Study participants will receive no compensation, but each enrolled individual is automatically entered to win an iPad in a random drawing.
For more information and to learn if you are eligible, call 619-400-5219.
Research studies often involve volunteer participants, without whom the work would not be possible. For more information on participating in clinical research studies at UC San Diego or in your region, visit http://participate.ucsd.edu and consider registering for ResearchMatch, a free Web-based registry that matches volunteers with researchers.
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