Guide for Trial Teams
Fox Trial Finder, a Web-based smart matching tool developed and managed by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, helps Parkinson's disease clinical trial teams connect with volunteers who want to participate in research. The tool aims to increase access to volunteers who have already indicated they want to get involved in research, suggest matches who meet a trial's criteria, and allow trial teams to contact volunteers online to explore whether they are eligible to participate. .
Ready access to a community of motivated volunteers
The Michael J. Fox Foundation continually engages with the Parkinson's patient community worldwide to communicate
the urgent need for clinical research participants. New volunteers register with Fox Trial Finder daily, enabling
trial teams to easily access a growing number of motivated potential participants (both patients and controls).
We believe Fox Trial Finder will change the trial recruitment game, making it easy and efficient, so that trial
teams can focus on the research and finish trials on time and on budget.
Find leads easily: Dynamic matching and automatic alerts
Fox Trial Finder's algorithm identifies possible volunteer matches for your trial based on several key criteria.
When volunteers create a profile on Fox Trial Finder, they provide data points such as age, gender, medication
history, time since diagnosis, location and willingness to travel. When trials are posted to the site, the tool
can quickly compare these data points with a trial's participation criteria and identify volunteers in the system
who may qualify to enroll.
Overall trial coordinators for each trial ("
") can register themselves to edit trial details as well as
assign ownership of specific sites to site coordinators ("
") on Fox Trial Finder. This empowers trial
leads to oversee recruitment for the entire trial while empowering site owners to manage and engage with matches
in their area. When a new volunteer is a match for a specific trial and location, Fox Trial Finder automatically
alerts both the site owner and the volunteer about the possible match. From here, site owners can further explore
the potential match by reviewing additional basic information about the volunteer in the volunteer's de-identified
profile and, if appropriate, follow up by sending the volunteer a message.
Connect directly with qualified leads — it's secure, it's free
When a match is made through the site, both the volunteer and the site owner can use our built-in messaging
interface to discuss the trial and determine whether to move forward to an in-person screening. This provides
volunteers with an opportunity to ask preliminary questions about the study and enables coordinators to conduct
a casual pre-screening. If the volunteer decides to share their contact information with someone from the trial
team, they can do so through this system.
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Register with Fox Trial Finder
Connect with qualified volunteers who want to help.
Together, We Can Make a Change
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