Take part in a short questionnaire to share your thoughts on what makes a successful biomarker and help researchers from Imperial College improve the way biomarkers are brought to clinical practice.
Biomarkers are features that are measurable in the body (i.e. blood, urine, saliva and tumour sample) and can be used to pick the right cancer treatment or to predict the likelihood of someone being cured of cancer.
Currently, there are far more biomarkers proposed in the scientific literature than have been clinically used. Therefore, we want to develop a tool that can more accurately identify biomarkers that can be used successfully in the clinic as part of patient care.
This involves identifying specific characteristics of biomarker design and determining the relative importance of each based on the opinion of patients and field experts.
This opportunity therefore seeks to capture public opinion regarding cancer biomarker research and design. Your views are greatly appreciated and will be used alongside the opinion of experts in the field (i.e. scientists, clinicians, academics) in order to improve the overall approach of our project.
All participants are welcome to take part as we want to gather a wide range of perspectives.
You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire. All responses will be anonymous, but we would like to capture some basic demographic information to monitor representativeness.
The first part of the questionnaire will share a short lay summary describing what biomarkers are and their role in patient care (e.g. in choosing an appropriate cancer treatment).
This will be following by four broad tasks, which will ask you to:
This questionnaire is expected to take approximately 10–15 minutes to complete.
This is an online opportunity. The questionnaire will remain open until January 2020. After this time responses will be analysed by the research team in order to improve and shape our research approach based on public opinion.
There is no formal compensation for completing this questionnaire. However, your opinions and feedback will be greatly appreciated by our research team and will be used to improve and enhance the current study design.
At the end of the survey, there is also the option to consent to be further involved in the research project by leaving your contact details with the lead researcher who will contact you about future opportunities.
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