Chronic pain and other pain disorders are notoriously hard to treat, with approximately 40% of patients reporting insufficient relief from their medication. There is a huge unmet need for safe and effective drugs, referred to as analgesics, designed to treat pain as their primary function.
The annual European Association for the Study of Diabetes conference took place on the 12th–16th September 2016 at the ICM Messe Congress Centre in Munich, Germany. Munich is the largest city in German Bavaria and delegates attending the meeting also had the opportunity to enjoy the city’s culture, architecture and beautiful parks, as well as the local hospitality.
Since its launch 5 years ago, the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) is estimated to have helped over 95,000 patients gain access to lifesaving drugs and technologies. The CDF began as a temporary collaboration, between NICE and NHS England, that was extended in 2014 and due to end March 2016.
The Diabetes UK Professional Conference (DUK) is a major event, highly anticipated by its delegates. It has been running for over 20 years and for 2017 (April) it will take place in the Manchester Central Convention Complex.
At the Diabetes UK Conference held in Glasgow, March 2016, leading clinicians and a patient with diabetes debated topics related to the updated (2015) NICE guidance for adults with diabetes.
Services in many aspects of life are becoming virtual; shops, utility bills and even the faithful paperback book have now become digitised, with an increasing number of us adopting these new formats due to the convenience and cost savings they offer. In the last decade, healthcare spending in the OECD has increased from an average…
Taking a flippant (and heavily biased) approach, bad writing can be categorised by the (suspected) attitude or underlying motivation of the protagonist, who in this case is convinced that their writing rivals that of Shakespeare for poetry with a dash of JK Rowling for universal appeal. However, there are a number of different reasons for the type of writing they produce.
In this series we take another light-hearted look at writing styles that could be improved, particularly when communicating health economics research. If you recall, we started our little zoo of bad writing styles late last year with the Peacock. Here is another fairly common creature in health economics: Introducing……. the Termite
It is assumed that people make, or should make, rational choices based on self-interest. For conventional health economic evaluations, self-interest is approximated by individual preferences, such as maximum willingness-to-pay (WTP) or the quality-adjusted life year (QALY). However, people are neither rational nor as self-absorbed as these measures would imply – they make healthcare decisions as…
Recently, our company Rx communications Ltd has been involved in proposals for a number of literature review projects – one where an original review and analysis required updating before publication, and others that were designed to find answers to fairly obscure or unusual questions. We find, with the start of the year, many of our clients looking for vendors for these types of projects, and so we thought it might be useful to share our experiences.