Community Advisory Board (CAB)

Patient Community Advisory Boards (CABs) are consulting bodies established, operated and maintained by disease specific, clinical trial specific, or company specific groups of patient advocates and expert patients to discuss, in a neutral, unbiased and critical setting, the latest developments, challenges and issues related to health technologies that concern the…

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Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB)

A data monitoring committee (DMC) – sometimes called a data and safety monitoring board (DSMB) – is an independent group of experts who monitor patient safety and treatment efficacy data while a clinical trial is ongoing. Many randomized clinical trials are double blind – no one involved with the trial…

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Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

HTA stands for Health Technology Assessment. The main aim of HTA is to inform decision making by health care policy makers. It is a systematic process that considers health technologies (such as medicines or medical devices) and can involve a review of: clinical effectiveness (how well a medicine will work…

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Patient Advocacy

Patient Advocacy in Health Policy, and Capacity Building The terms Patient Advocate and Patient Advocacy have a broad range of usage and may be applied to various subcategories of individual advocates and organizations providing various levels of advocacy. The term “Patient Advocacy” has a very broad range of usage that…

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