Noble, the global leader in medical device training solutions, patient onboarding strategies and multisensory product development for the world’s top pharmaceutical brands, reported data from a study evaluating the effects of memory decay and device training on proper injection device usage. The study, which was sponsored by Noble and conducted by Insight Product Development, explored three conditions—as they relate to the performance, engagement and preferences of injection-naïve people experiencing a self-administered injection for the first time—following a 14-day decay period.
Results will be highlighted during a poster presentation on Monday, October 8 during the 2018 PDA Universe of Pre-Filled Syringes and Injection Devices and released as a white paper available for free download. The study found that training devices accompanying Instructions for Use (IFU), versus using just an IFU alone, led to increased engagement and improved patient performance.
Among the key findings:
- Participants who had access to training devices performed better during simulated injections.
- The at-home use of training devices increased patient engagement.
- Patients prefer self-paced training at home during the onboarding process.
“Results from this study show the benefit of providing patients access to training devices, particularly when they can be taken home for multiple practice injection sessions during the onboarding process,” said Joe Reynolds, Research Manager at Noble. “We believe these results can assist pharmaceutical manufacturers in creating effective combination product onboarding programs that can help healthcare professionals and patients close the training gap, thereby reducing patient errors when using autoinjectors.”
“Trainers can have a significant impact in getting patients familiar and comfortable with the injection process, but they need to be designed with the entire patient learning experience in mind,” said Michael Lau, PhD, Director of Human Factors at Insight “We, at Insight, are committed to helping define and develop training solutions that enhance the ability of patients to learn all the aspects that are critical to a safe self-injection process.”
To register for a free download of the white paper that details the data and conclusions from the study, please visit the following link: https://www.gonoble.com/study2018/