Meet Sprout – Dr Chloe Patel, Senior Scientist
1. What does your role at Sprout involve?
Each day is different! My role at Sprout is to work with colleagues and clients on research projects in clinical outcomes assessment (COA) and behaviour change. Each project is different and can involve protocol development, a literature review, interviews with patients, caregivers and subject experts, and content development of support programmes. At the centre of everything we do is a patient.
2. What led you to this career?
Thinking back to my time during my Health Psychology masters, I knew I enjoyed learning about patient-centred research and approaches to understanding individuals’ lived experiences of various health conditions. I also enjoyed learning about the development of interventions based on behaviour change techniques. From my masters I joined a large CRO in patient centred outcomes, where I assisted and managed clinical outcomes assessment (COA) projects.
I knew I wanted to develop my research skill set further so undertook a PhD at the University of Warwick in family transmission of eating behaviour. Towards the end of my PhD, I started at Sprout where I now work on a variety of projects across different therapeutic areas.
3. What do you value most about the work you do at Sprout?
I value many aspects of the work we do; however, I think delivering results, recommendations and programmes to our clients knowing that these are not only evidence-based, but reflective of the specific patient population is what I value the most.
4. What recent area of work are you most excited about?
Recently I have been spending a lot of time learning about how wearables and other devices can be used to capture data endpoints within a clinical trial and the methods used to validate them.
I have also been learning (and practicing) how to translate scientific research into a language that can be understood by all. It is more challenging than you think!
5. What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Many words were used by my close friends. These are the three words I liked the most:
6. If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
I enjoy travelling so being able to fly anywhere would cut down a lot of time spent in the car and in an airport.