Yale University is streamlining the process by which it recruits volunteers for clinical trials and also the way those participants will be compensated.

Volunteers can learn about clinical trials directly through Yale's MyChart patient portal using the “Help Us Discover” tab, and set up a profile to keep track of studies they’re interested in. Yale officials hope this feature will match people more quickly to clinical trials for which they may be eligible. Patients outside the Yale health system may still be included in the registry by visiting yalestudies.org.

“Besides providing world-class clinical care, we conduct many groundbreaking clinical studies, and we wanted to make it as easy as possible for patients to learn about our research,” said Paul Taheri, M.D., deputy dean for clinical affairs and CEO of Yale Medical Group. “Now, with the click of a button, they can identify studies they may be eligible for and let the research team know they’d like to be contacted.”

The university also will launch a new program featuring reloadable and preloaded debit and gift cards that can be quickly issued for research reimbursement. The move comes following participant feedback to a survey conducted by the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation in which responses showed that financial compensation for participation or expenses took too long and that participants disliked having to cash checks.

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