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Lung Transplantation

Although the majority of lung recipients experience significant health improvement, they also frequently face serious symptom distress, impaired physical functioning and poor quality of life due to post-transplant morbidity, such as chronic rejection, infection and multiple side-effects of immunosuppression. a) Conduct clinical trials of interventions designed to maximize clinicians' support of patients' self-management ...more »

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a) Conduct clinical trials of interventions designed to maximize clinicians' support of patients' self-management behaviors so that patients and clinicians working together can achieve optimal control of disease, reduce symptom distress and complications, and promote quality of life.

 

b) Evaluate the impact of integrating palliative care and transplant care for symptom management, goal setting and advanced care planning along the entire lung transplant illness trajectory (pre, post and end of life).

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Obstacles to the timely completion of clinical trials

There are numerous obstacles to the timely completion of trials, and there is a crisis in US enrollment rates. Overcoming barriers to timely completion of clinical trials would have a profound impact on accelerating research translation to improving health. Clinical investigations are necessary to advance the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cures of human disease. The rate of basic scientific discovery has overwhelmed ...more »

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For comparative effectiveness trials, incentives are misaligned; it is often easier, financially advantageous and benefits practice/hospital metrics to perform tests/procedures clinically than in the context of a trial. A collaboration between NHLBI, FDA and CMS would markedly accelerate many trials by aligning incentives. There are a few small examples with some success eg, Carotid stenting. Regulatory burdens should be reduced.

 

Solutions to enrollment challenges need to address physician and participant related barriers. NHLBI and AHA could lead a public private partnership and with patient advocacy groups (eg, Research America) and the media to enhance the understanding and acceptance of participation in clinical research.

 

To advance the efficiency of clinical trials NHLBI should support investigation of methodologies such as event driven trials, adaptive design, Bayesian approaches, multiple randomized groups, group/cluster randomized trials, maximizing information from subgroup analyses.

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Can Psychological Science Improve Weight Loss?

Will sensitivity to the psychological aspects of obesity, including lifestyle priorities and motivations, improve the efficacy of long-term effectiveness of weight loss and obesity prevention interventions?

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A primary focus on principles of psychology may result in significantly improved control of the obesity epidemic. Effective interventions could reduce the risk of diabetes, sleep apnea, and hypertension. This research could also affect clinical practice guidelines for weight loss and obesity treatment.

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Psychological science has been successful in developing effective treatments for a number of conditions, including sleep disorders, depressive symptoms, anxiety and phobias. Many of the behavioral principles employed in such interventions (e.g., cognitive restructuring, motivational methods) could be translated for the prevention and treatment of obesity within a reasonable time frame. Additional attention should be directed to the needs of population subgroups in which obesity is most prevalent.

In their Viewpoint article on weight loss intervention research, Pagoto and Appelhans (JAMA, 2013, see attachment) question whether a continued focus on dietary factors in research on weight loss and obesity is warranted. Their commentary raises the importance of attention to the individual psychological characteristics that influence adherence to weight loss interventions rather than dietary composition.

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Interventions to Reduce Low-Value Care

In 2010, the IOM issued a report stating that waste accounted for 30% of health-care spending, or some $750 billion dollars annually, approximately 25 times the annual NIH budget. How can we address and avoid waste and low-value care? Like any complex problem, there are myriad causes and no simple solutions. Defensive medicine, financial incentives, and physician knowledge deficits all contribute and represent potential ...more »

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New models for clinical trials

There is a need to educate the scientific community and program staff about the use of metrics, results-based accountability, and other business models to improve the science, productivity, and efficiency of clinical trials and clinical trial networks.

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Improve the efficiency of clinical trials and a return on research investments

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Yes, this is feasible.

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Risk-benefit of oral hypoglycemic medication in type 2 diabetes

Is an increase in macrovascular endpoints outweighed by the benefit in microvascular end points in new oral type 2 diabetes drugs?

 

It would go against the current regulatory paradigm in type 2 diabetes. Although drug companies do not like the current paradigm, they would prefer to go back to the pre-rosiglitazone state of affairs, in which new drugs had only to prove that they lowered blood glucose and HbA1c.

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator1)

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Trials along this line would create a new and more rational paradigm to evaluate the cardiovascular safety of new oral hypoglycemic agents in type 2 diabetes in the context of their incremental benefit in preventing microvascular complications.

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Some of the newer oral meds for treating type 2 diabetes, starting with rosiglitazone, have shown no benefit on clinical macrovascular end points, particularly heart failure. The FDA has responded to this by requiring new drugs to undergo large non-inferiority trials demonstrating that these drugs cause no more than a 30% increase in macrovascular endpoints as a precondition for approval. Yet there is no requirement that microvascular events (renal dysfunction and failure, neuropathy, retinopathy and visual loss) even be documented in these trials. So we are allowing new agents like alogliptin and sitogliptin to be marketed without any direct evidence that they do anything good for patients other than lowering glucose and HbA1c levels and with some evidence of adverse CV effects. While it is reasonable to assume that surrogates like lower glucose and HbA1c will translate to reduction in microvascular events, this assumption is based on old studies using different classes of drugs in a different disease population and environment. Even if HbA1c and glucose remain good qualitative surrogates, there is no way to quantitatively compare benefits versus risks of new hypoglycemic drugs compared to placebo or other drugs. Novel statistical methods to look at weighted composites of microvascular and macrovascular endpoints would enable the key question of net benefit to be addressed with a reasonable sample size.

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Improving the conduct of cardiovascular clinical trial

There are increasing demands on clinicians for clinical productivity and increasing both clinical and research regulatory requirement. A paralle trend is an increase in clinical trials being conducting outside of US, which is a significant concern in terms of US participation and data applicability to US patients, and the quality of trials data from other regions. These trends have multiple roots spanning from patients ...more »

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Timely conduct of US relevant data to translate basic science discoveries into either clinical practice or knowing that something is not useful or harmful.

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This will be challenging because it will need public education and advocacy as well as institutional leadership developing incentives and making clinical trials a priority.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Javed Butler, MD MPH MBA

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Life-Course Approach to Science

We encourage the NHLBI to include research focused on children as a priority in their strategic vision. We encourage them to consider the implications of a life-course approach, where childhood presents a unique opportunity to set the trajectory for health risk as an adult. This also implies that interventions targeting children may have the greatest impact on the population as a whole in the long term.

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN)

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Addressing low-level-evidence in cardiovascular guidelines

There is a need for the NHLBI to systematically assess CV guidelines that have public health importance and that can be addressed by pragmatic, government-funded trials.

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A much greater proportion of CV guidelines which dictate practice standards would be based on high-quality scientific evidence.

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Guidelines are already written and levels of evidence are already assessed (by others). Methods for conducting pragmatic trials exist (e.g. embedding in registries, leveraging digital resources, recognizing the importance of pragmatic trials within the clinical community).

More than 85% of active CV guideline are based on less than level 1A evidence.

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Cardiometabolic Disease Risks Associated with Sleep Deficiency

How does insufficient sleep duration, irregular timed sleep schedules, and poor sleep quality contribute to the pathophysiology of lung, heart and blood diseases?

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Sleep deficiency and untreated sleep disorders threaten the health of 20-30 percent of US adults through an increased risk of stroke, hypertension, diabetes, inflammatory disease, and all-cause mortality. Developing the scientific evidence-base of validated interventions will enhance the management of cardiometabolic and pulmonary risks to health, present new opportunities for secondary prevention, and reduce associated burden on health care systems.

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Improving sleep health through informed public recognition of decision-relevant science, and relatively low cost therapies for management of sleep disorders are available for immediate assessment of impact in appropriate clinical trials to demonstrate efficacy and effectiveness.

Discovery research advances implicate an array of cellular sleep and circadian mechanisms in pathophysiological pathways leading to cardiometabolic and pulmonary disease.

 

Irregular and disturbed sleep impairs cellular biological rhythm in all tissues and organs leading to oxidative stress, unfolded protein responses, and impaired cell function. The pathophysiological findings juxtaposed with epidemiological evidence of disease risk indicate that sleep deficiency contributes to an erosion of health across the lifespan over and above the effects of aging.

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Adequately powered clinical trials

Pragmatic and adequately powered clinical trials are an ongoing challenge.

­Develop new tools to facilitate identification and recruitment of subjects, remote/wireless data collection, and functional measures.

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Behavioral Science in Asthma Clinical Research

As the current chair of the Research and Training Division, I would like to convey that the AAAAI membership would like the NHLBI to consider the following in the development of its strategic plan:

 

Will integration of behavior science in clinical research improve effectiveness of interventions for asthma associated with behavioral risk factors? 

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Mitchell Grayson on behalf of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

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