• 14Aug

    Patient views sought on near patient diagnostic tests

    The National Institute for Health Research Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative London, a partnership between Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London, is looking for patients who would be interested in being interviewed as part of a study on point-of-care diagnostic tests.

    It is one of four national centres with a shared aim to develop world-class methods, generate evidence and integrate new diagnostic tests into clinical practice to bring benefits to patients and the NHS.

    Imperial College specialise in point-of-care (POC) or near patient diagnostic tests that allow prompt clinical decisions. This includes tests that can be carried out by patients in their own home. With advances in modern technology, there has been a rapid increase in the availability of these tests in a wide range of diseases. However, their introduction into clinical practice has been delayed by a lack of streamlined methods to understand where these tests fit into the clinical pathway, whether they will be cost-effective and most importantly the impact and benefits they can bring to patients.

    Imperial College are investigating how to improve the way new diagnostic tests are evaluated. As part of this they are looking to interview patients, doctors, diagnostic industry representatives, regulators and commissioners. The aim of this is to understand what evidence each group require for the adoption of new technologies more efficiently.

    If you would be interested in taking part in an interview, or would like more information about the project contact j.huddy@imperial.ac.uk.

    They are especially interested in hearing from patients and patient groups who have an interest in point-of-care diagnostic tests or have used them previously and would be able to spare 30-40 minutes to take part in an interview.