Brexit and the delay in the supply of medicines

Earlier this year, the Brexit Health Alliance published a paper calling on both the UK and EU to put patients first. It warned that unless a deal can be reached, medicines and medical technologies could be delayed or, in extreme cases, become unavailable to patients. The Alliance is concerned that if a decision can’t be … Continue reading Brexit and the delay in the supply of medicines

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

AUGUST: Psoriasis Action Month

August is Psoriasis Action Month! How much do you know about psoriasis treatment options? Psoriasis is a chronic, noncontagious immune-mediated disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. It affects more than 8 million Americans. An estimated 125 … Continue reading AUGUST: Psoriasis Action Month

Haematologists needed – ‘Real World’ study on Haemophilia

This month we are very pleased to present a special study on Haemophilia. This study will be using a methodology known as ‘Real World’. This methodology is becoming increasingly important as it provides a truly in-depth analysis of the chosen subject matter by involving both the treaters and those receiving the treatment. This in turn … Continue reading Haematologists needed – ‘Real World’ study on Haemophilia

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