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The history of the NHS

Posted by GKA on 24/01/19 16:13

Technically, the NHS officially began on 5th July 1948. Prior to this, local governments were responsible for running their hospitals, which meant that many hospitals weren’t adequately equipped, struggled to cater for people's needs and were inaccessible for the poor. It also meant the quality of care varied hugely from place to place, with rural areas having very limited access to hospitals and healthcare.

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Topics: medical market research

The arrival of 5G and what it means for healthcare

Posted by GKA on 18/12/18 11:43

Thanks to apps, wearables and other connected devices, patients have never been in more control of their health. All of this new technology in the healthcare industry has huge benefits for stakeholders. So, if the industry wants to keep up with patient demands, it needs to reduce costs and improve efficiency - and next generation networks such as 5G are set to be a pivotal part of this transformation.

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Topics: Healthcare Technology

From the patient's perspective… Narcolepsy

Posted by GKA on 11/12/18 16:32

Narcolepsy is a rare neurological condition that causes a person to suddenly fall asleep at inappropriate times. It means the brain is unable to regulate sleeping and waking patterns normally, resulting in excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep attacks where sufferers fall asleep suddenly and without warning, cataplexy (a temporary loss of muscle control resulting in weakness and possible collapse), sleep paralysis, and excessive dreaming and waking in the night. Although narcolepsy doesn't cause serious or long-term physical health problems, it can have a significant impact on daily life and be difficult to cope with emotionally. In this blog, we interview a patient who took part in a narcolepsy study, in order to humanise our patient journey research.

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Topics: Patient Market Research

Who’s who in Alzheimer's? A medical fieldwork guide

Posted by GKA on 07/12/18 11:45

Alzheimer’s is a physical disease that affects the brain and is the most common type of dementia in the UK. Over time, the disease causes proteins to build up in the brain and form structures called ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’. These proteins lead to the loss of connections between nerve cells, eventually resulting in the death of the cells and loss of brain tissue. Additionally, Alzheimer's sufferers also have a shortage of vital chemicals which help to transmit signals around the brain, meaning that the signals aren’t transmitted effectively.

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Topics: healthcare market research

Your guide to conducting medical market research in London

Posted by GKA on 14/11/18 13:00

There’s a lot to think about when conducting a medical market research project in a big city such as London. You might think that it is super easy to recruit in such a large city, but once you take into account the ever-increasing amount of qualifying criteria, it can actually become tricky whatever your chosen location. From the type of venue you choose to how many people you recruit, which specialist centres and hospitals you recruit from to any events occurring in the city that could impact your research on the day, there are lots of different things for medical market research companies to consider. Don’t worry though - with more than 25 years of experience, we’ve successfully conducted loads of healthcare market research projects in big cities and have gathered all of our top tips together right here so you can ensure your next medical market research project goes off without a hitch.

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Topics: healthcare market research

Five easy-to-follow rules for reaching HCPs via email

Posted by GKA on 13/11/18 15:50

There’s no doubt about it: when it comes to communicating with healthcare professionals during healthcare fieldwork recruitment, email is one of the best ways to keep in touch. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s a fantastic way to build a rapport with your HCP respondents throughout the recruitment process. However, there are some things you need to consider when contacting HCPs this way, from complying with the relevant rules and regulations to making sure your message stands out and doesn’t get lost among the hundreds of other emails they receive each day. In this blog, we've put together our top tips for communicating with HCPs via email during the healthcare fieldwork recruitment process to make sure your respondents remain engaged and that your project is a success.

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Topics: healthcare market research

Who's who in NASH? A medical fieldwork guide

Posted by GKA on 08/11/18 11:27

NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) is a stage of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD patients often require a range of healthcare professionals to help them get the diagnosis and treatment they need to reduce the long-term effects of this disease.

NAFLD is a term used to describe a range of conditions caused by a buildup of fat in the liver. It is not caused by heavy alcohol consumption and it can affect anyone of any age. However, people are at greater risk of NAFLD if they smoke and are over the age of 50.

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Topics: healthcare market research

Is technology the saviour of healthcare?

Posted by GKA on 17/10/18 15:26

The healthcare industry is always evolving - and thanks to the exponential rise of technology, new topics and trends are constantly emerging. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, neuroscience: no, you’ve not accidentally stumbled into a sci-fi movie: these are all very real up and coming technologies that are set to have a direct impact on the healthcare industry over the next few years.

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Topics: healthcare market research

Your guide to using Orphanet for researching rare diseases

Posted by GKA on 08/10/18 12:12

From assessing how achievable your project is to recruiting respondents who fit your specific criteria, there’s a lot to thinking about when carrying out medical market research recruitment. And because researchers often have to conduct research in specialist therapy areas and reach out to people living with low incidence rate diseases, its can make things harder still.

Here at GKA, we’ve got more than 25 years of experience in medical market research recruitment, no matter how strict and unique the criteria. Our expert team has worked with specialists, KOLs, nurses and patient support groups across a wide range of conditions and have a dedicated panel of expert fingers and HCPs.

However, we’re always on the lookout for new ways to reach patients and HCPs so we can continue to source the very best respondents - and share that knowledge with you too. From NHS Workforce Statistics to the NHS Digital Catalogue, there’s a number of resources out there that can help make healthcare market researchers’ lives easier - and another fantastic resource that we want to share with you is Orphanet

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Topics: Moderation

Who’s who in head and neck cancer - a healthcare fieldwork guide

Posted by Adam Irwin on 02/10/18 14:06

The lowdown

Head and neck cancer is a relatively uncommon type of cancer - however with around 12,000 new cases diagnosed in the UK each year it is a growing area for healthcare fieldwork research. There are more than 30 areas within the head and neck where cancer can develop, including the mouth and lips, voice box (larynx), throat (pharynx), salivary glands, nose and sinuses and the area at the back of the nose and mouth (nasopharynx).

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