State lawmakers and prescription drug

This year, state lawmakers across the U.S. have introduced an unprecedented 160 bills to stem the rising cost of prescription drugs, and have enacted 37 into law. States are pursuing a range of strategies to tackle drug costs including allowing pharmacists to share lower cost drug options with consumers, enacting laws that authorize the wholesale … Continue reading State lawmakers and prescription drug

Bullying, undermining and harassment at work

August’s Monthly Pulse question was about bullying, undermining and harassment at work. Around one in five doctors in the UK’s NHS say they have been bullied or harassed in the workplace, with the British Orthopaedic Trainee Association (BOTA) reporting that 73% trainees had witnessed bullying, undermining or harassment at work. Most incidents go unreported, often because … Continue reading Bullying, undermining and harassment at work

Universal healthcare coverage

Universal healthcare coverage was the Monthly Pulse topic we sent out to our consumer panel members’ in August. Healthcare reform has long since been a major policy area commanding attention in the United States and around the world. Crucial to the debate are the various plans that have been proposed to repeal and replace the … Continue reading Universal healthcare coverage

Overuse of unnecessary antibiotics

The overuse of unnecessary antibiotics has been the topic of the Monthly pulse we delivered to our panel members' inboxes in July. In the UK it is estimated that 1.6 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions are issued each year and this issue is not exclusive to the UK. Patients are used to visiting the GP whenever they … Continue reading Overuse of unnecessary antibiotics

Automatic donor registration – A global view

June’s Monthly Pulse asked about automatic donor registration. Some countries (for example, Spain and France) have automatic organ donor registration, where everyone is considered to want to donate their organs in the event of brain or cardiac death unless they opt out. Whilst views of organ donation are largely positive, there is a large gap … Continue reading Automatic donor registration – A global view

Burnout and stress within the medical community

This monthly Pulse is about burnout and stress within the medical community, a topic that is currently of high interest and concern, with some tragic cases emerging across Europe. Statistics show that approximately one-third of doctors report experiencing burnout at some point in their career due to professional obligations, long and sometimes unpredictable work hours … Continue reading Burnout and stress within the medical community

Patient’s Use of the Internet for Medical Information

The creation of the internet has improved the accessibility and easy dissemination of information. However, the unlimited bounds of cyberspace have resulted in a collection of a predominantly disorganised resources. There are opposing opinions here: whilst many physicians perceive internet health information as problematic as it can generate patient misinformation, several studies have shown that … Continue reading Patient’s Use of the Internet for Medical Information