PatientsLikeMe Research

At its core, PatientsLikeMe is a clinical research platform that can provide real-world, real-time insight into thousands of diseases and conditions. Our research professionals have completed studies with real-world data that have helped refute and pre-empt traditional randomized clinical trials, modeled Parkinson’s Disease, validated epilepsy quality measures, shed new light on  medication adherence in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and organ transplants, and added and validated patient reported outcomes in psoriasis, autism and MS research.

Featured Research

  • 6/17/15 3:50 pm EDT

    Veterans living with seizures are often isolated and struggle with self-management. In a six week trial of PatientsLikeMe as an intervention, a collaboration with the VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence and UCB found a significant improvement in patient self-management and self-efficacy using validated patient-reported outcomes. Internet based psychosocial support may be a scalable approach to improving patient self-management in challenging chronic conditions.

  • 5/20/15 9:27 am EDT

    The design, conduct, and successful execution of a clinical trial depend on the input of a multidisciplinary team of scientists, clinicians, contract research organizations (CROs), regulators, and pharmaceutical executives. However, the one group on whom the entire endeavor relies is often missing from the table: patients.

  • 4/9/15 3:57 pm EDT

    The past few years have seen the launch of a variety of consumer devices (including smartphones) that allow users to measure their activity, steps, sleep, stress, and other vital signs. People living with chronic health conditions may have different goals, challenges, and constraints using these devices, but may well have the greatest opportunity to benefit by better managing their conditions. This editorial explores the opportunities and pitfalls that such monitoring may present to patients



  • 10/2/14 1:14 pm EDT

    In his keynote address at the Drug Information Association's (DIA's) 50th annual meeting, Co-Founder and Chairman Jamie Heywood discussed how patients can become partners with industry. The company was also honored with the 2014 DIA President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in World Health, an award Jamie accepted on behalf of PatientsLikeMe members and staff.

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  • 10/18/13 4:36 am EDT

    Presenting at TEDxSpringfield, PatientsLikeMe's Rishi Bhalerao argues the path to innovation in healthcare begins with patients, because they're the ones who know best what it's like to live with a condition. 

  • 4/25/13 6:04 pm EDT

    Co-founder and President Benjamin Heywood was a speaker at The Genomes Environments Traits (GET) Conference, an event for people working at the frontiers of human biology.

  • 4/17/13 12:36 pm EDT

    As the first nurse to present at TEDMED, PatientsLikeMe VP for Advocacy, Policy and Patient Safety, Sally Okun, calls out the shortfalls in the language of health and introduces the idea of a patient lexicon. 

  • 3/7/13 6:09 pm EST

    Jamie Heywood recently spoke about innovative solutions to healthcare at the 2013 Nuffield Trust Health Policy Summit in London. The conference is organized by the Nuffield Trust, an independent source of evidence-based research and policy analysis for improving health care in the UK. In his speech, Jamie called for a revolution in measurement. “We should measure the severity of each condition and its impact on the patient...”

  • 5/8/12 3:00 am EDT

    Last November, we attended TEDx Cambridge, a one-day event featuring 30+ speakers and lots of Ideas Worth Spreading (TED’s mission). The theme for this particular gathering was “Thrive.” How can we as individuals – and communities – not just survive but thrive?

  • 10/5/11 3:00 am EDT

    In September of 2011, Jamie Heywood spoke at the 10th Dialogue on Science at the Academia Engelberg Foundation on our modern understanding of personalized medicine from genetics through to phenotype, from mice to humans, and from Hippocrates to Google.

  • 9/8/11 3:00 am EDT

    Lift! is a European conference that brings together innovators in design, healthcare, and social architecture.

  • 11/12/10 3:00 am EST

    PatientsLikeMe R&D Director Paul Wicks, presenting at TEDx Berkshires, walks through the medical decision process faced by patients and clinicians trying to manage their illness in a world lacking in data.

  • 2/16/10 3:00 am EST

    PatientsLikeMe Chairman Jamie Heywood presented some experimental new features on the site at the prestigious TEDMED conference; click here to watch the video of his inspiring and insightful presentation to a global audience of scientists, industry leaders, and researchers.

Publications that feature PatientsLikeMe

  • 6/4/14 12:00 pm EDT

    PatientsLikeMe is frequently cited by other publications in fields as diverse as Law, Sociology, and Medicine.

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