Fertility rates & population replacement

Fertility and birthrates are among the most closely monitored indicators of a country’s economic health. A record high of 83 countries report below-replacement level fertility rates. When the population is too low, economies contract, and lead to a shrinking labour force and a substantial increase in the proportion of elderly. The rise of this dependent older population … Continue reading Fertility rates & population replacement

Fertility rates & population replacement

Fertility and birthrates are among the most closely monitored indicators of a country’s economic health. A record high of 83 countries report below-replacement level fertility rates. When the population is too low, economies contract, and lead to a shrinking labour force and a substantial increase in the proportion of elderly. The rise of this dependent older population … Continue reading Fertility rates & population replacement

Palliative care and decision making

Physicians serve a unique role in society, regularly dealing with matters of life and death, with their main objective being to save lives. But when it comes to a patient becoming palliative, should a doctors mission to save someone's life change?In separate cases in Canada and the UK, doctors unilaterally imposed DNR orders without the … Continue reading Palliative care and decision making

Prescription of generic drugs

18 years ago Brazil welcomed the country's first generic drug registration. According to the National Agency for Sanitary Vigilance Agency (Anvisa), prescription of generic drugs increased 65% from 2015 to 2018. Between February of last year and February of this year, 34% of the 115 million medical prescriptions issued were generic versions. The implementation of … Continue reading Prescription of generic drugs

Medical school education costs

Citing concerns about the "overwhelming financial debt" facing graduates, N.Y.U. School of Medicine recently announced it would cover the tuition of its medical students, regardless of merit or need. School officials have become increasingly worried that students burdened by steep debt are pursuing top-paying specialties rather than careers in family medicine, pediatrics, and research. N.Y.U.'s … Continue reading Medical school education costs

Challenges related to the globalisation of medical education

The new global medical education system, marked by its growing size and complexity, has led to greater concerns about quality assurance of individual graduates and their educational programs. Assuring a quality medical education varies considerably from country to country, as do training standards. Traditionally there have been two ways to assure quality, assessment of the … Continue reading Challenges related to the globalisation of medical education

Artificial intelligence in healthcare

Artificial intelligence tools and inexpensive diagnostic software could soon become as essential to physicians as the stethoscope was in the past. AI can be sliced and diced many different ways and will change the role of physicians in the future. In addition to altering the function of physicians, two AI approaches currently available, natural-language processing and … Continue reading Artificial intelligence in healthcare

Understanding healthcare market research

Working in the pharmaceutical industry includes frequent use of market research and collaboration with fieldwork agencies like M3 Global Research. The M3 blog spoke to someone working regularly at that interface about how healthcare market research affects their decision making. Read the full interview: How does market research support the development of a new therapy … Continue reading Understanding healthcare market research

Talking to… Dr. Lawrence Feldman

Dr. Feldman, a dermatologist specialising in the treatment of melanoma, practising for 30 years in the US, spoke to the M3 blog about prevention, new treatment developments and the changes in patients’ approaches to the condition. M3 Global Research is about to launch a large patient outcome study about melanoma. If you are a dermatologist … Continue reading Talking to… Dr. Lawrence Feldman