It is hard to overstate the importance of social media in today’s healthcare ecosystem. Research has shown us that 74% of all internet users engage with social media, with a huge 80% of those people looking for health-related information or engaging with health-related topics.1 Social media has also become a place for people with chronic conditions to connect with each other, with research suggesting 40% of patients rely on social media to assess how others are dealing with and managing their condition.2read more >>
This World AIDS Day, Emma Sutcliffe, SVP Patient Insights and Solutions, takes a look at how far we’ve come and how far we’ve yet to go. Patient activism is a key factor in this progression; Emma discusses her experiences over a near-three-decade career in medical communications and working with patient organisations and how central the patient really is.
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In recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Olivia Kersey, Patient Engagement Strategist, illustrates current opportunities for the pharmaceutical industry to better meet lung cancer patients’ needs across clinical trials and beyond.
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Patient involvement in clinical trial design has evolved to provide opportunity for patients to be involved in medical publications. This evolution has allowed medical publications to gain invaluable patient perspectives on clinical research, by involving patients as authors in the development of plain language summaries and other, more traditional types of research publications1.read more >>
We were glad to attend the ISMPP West 2021 Meeting on October 21–22, the first in-person meeting in almost two years! The meeting focused on opportunities for connectivity, transparency, and inclusivity, and Jenny Blackham, VP Client Partnerships, gave us first-hand insight! Read below to learn more about the key themes at the conference.read more >>
What is health literacy and why is it important? Olivia Kersey, Patient Strategist, writes in Pharmaphorum’s October Deep Dive
Is Facebook the most effective means of reaching a wide audience when it comes to patient recruitment strategy? Ross Jackson, VP Patient Recruitment Services, shares his thoughts with The Huxley Morton podcast in a new video. He is, literally, the man who wrote the book on patient recruitment for clinical trials using Facebook ads! Listen to the podcast below.read more >>
Emma Sutcliffe, SVP, Patient Insight and Solutions gives an overview of patient engagement, benefits of investing in patient engagement programmes and why elevating patient engagement should be an essential business spend for patient safety, support and societal gain.read more >>
Our experts, Sue O’Leary, Senior Vice President Prime Access, Jenny Blackham, Vice President Client Partnerships and Head of Digital Solutions Michelle Collins recently led a webinar with the team at NetworkPharma and MedComms Networking. Discussing ‘the digital payer – fact or fiction?’ the webinar was a brilliant platform to discuss perspectives and share ideas about about evolving payer communications in the changing digital landscape.read more >>
The World Health Organisation defines health literacy as ‘the personal characteristics and social resources needed for individuals and communities to access, understand, appraise and use information and services to make decisions about health.’1 Where levels of health literacy are high, people are able to play an active role in improving and maintaining their own health, engage successfully with community action for health, and push governments to meet their responsibilities in addressing health and health equity.2read more >>
On Wednesday 1st September 2021, we launched the first-ever annual Patient Engagement Day – and what a day it was! Olivia Kersey, Patient Strategist, takes a look at some of the highlights.
Starting as a spontaneous brainwave from Emma Sutcliffe, our SVP, Patient Insights and Solutions, Patient Engagement Day 2021 involved a webinar with top industry thought leaders, video collaboration with three of our Patient Partners, a Twitter campaign, case study sharing, and the development of a toolkit to help other organisations to get involved. And that was just for the launch!read more >>
Plain language summaries, or PLS, are a concept that has indelibly changed our world of medical publications, likely forever. And yet, we still seem a world away from having PLS integrated fully and consistently into publications practices. In fact, it has taken several years of head-scratching to even align on a definition for PLS for publications, versus patient lay summaries of clinical trials, layperson summaries, and so on.read more >>
The WHO Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030 is a key document that outlines the changes and aspirations that the WHO has for the next decade around protection and wellbeing of patients. The plan, produced on 3 August 2021, aims to educate various stakeholders (NHS, HCPs, pharma and patient groups) about current issues surrounding patient safety and outline their proposed solutions1. The main goal over the next 10 years is a ‘zero harm philosophy’1. This means that although it’s impossible to totally wipe out errors in patient safety, the goal is to work towards being as close to zero harm as possible. But why are we telling you about it now? Because it’s World Patient Safety Day!read more >>