NephCure was selected to present a poster session about the NephCure Kidney Network Patient Registry (NKN) at a national conference held August 21-22 in Bethesda, MD. The goal of the conference, hosted by Duke University’s Translational Medicine Institute, was to present and compare perspectives and examples of methods of engagement in research that include individuals, including patients and families and to generate ideas for sustaining community-engagement in all phases of research.
Joanna Dauber, NKN Patient Registry Manager, notes, “Our presentation of the impact of social media in patient engagement was very well received. We had health care providers, scientists and other patient advocates comment on our early success of 200 enrollees in the NephCure Kidney Network patient Registry (NKN) within the first four months of the program. This is considered a robust start for a rare disease community.”
Ms. Dauber and Chelsey Fix, a summer intern at NephCure, demonstrated the impact on enrollment after each targeted patient outreach campaign. The most successful method is personalized emails to patient families who have engaged with NephCure in the past (e.g., attended a Walk or a Lunch & Learn/Community Café). New patients respond best to Facebook posts. In addition to providing information about NKN, Ms. Dauber and Ms. Fix took advantage of the conference to meet informally and gain perspective on how other patient advocate groups engage community, especially methods for engaging community-based physicians so that they are comfortable informing their patients to consider enrolling in a patient registry.
“An invitation to this prestigious event is not only important to raise NephCure’s profile, but it provides opportunity to learn from others so we can accelerate new research that will lead to better therapies for FSGS and other primary Nephrotic Syndrome disease,” says Marilyn Hailperin, National Director of Research. “We seek opportunities all the time to learn from others’ best practices and incorporate new ideas into our research agenda.” NephCure recognizes that patients’ perspective is important to advancing new research that will improve patients’ lives. The invitation to present at this National Conference demonstrates that NKN is emerging as a leading patient powered research network.