Some gr8 new health research apps involving citizens are coming online in 2016. Here’s a quick peak.

In my opinion there are 'happy clappy apps,' 'crappy apps' and then there are the 'apps' that work. Late last year PatientView - the font of all knowledge on what makes a good app from a patient perspective - published a survey showing 9 out of 10 app users found most health apps to be … Continue reading Some gr8 new health research apps involving citizens are coming online in 2016. Here’s a quick peak.

Blog: I have ‘This Feeling’ – Could 9 out of 10 health apps be simply useless from a patient and carers point of view?

PatientView - the originators of the excellent myhealthapps.net directory - published an important piece of work this week entitled: 'What do patients and carers need from health apps - but are not getting?'  You can download it here. Their report looks at the results of a survey they conducted of over 1,000 patients and carers across Europe … Continue reading Blog: I have ‘This Feeling’ – Could 9 out of 10 health apps be simply useless from a patient and carers point of view?

Health and social care reforms on trial

What better starting point for today's blog than the comments of two leading clinicians speaking about the importance of clinical trials to patient outcomes.  First, Dr Duncan Wheatley, a Clinical Oncologist and Lead for Research in the South West Peninsula, who is quoted in a BBC Cornwall story today about medical research at the Royal … Continue reading Health and social care reforms on trial

Capability Dave announces cluster therapy for research

Monday saw the Science Mnister, David Willetts, and Health Minister, Earl Howe, announce what are being called therapeutic capability clusters (research consortia)  at the ABPI/BIA conference in London.  PharmaLetter has an article on it and what I think is the formal news release can be found on Pharma Live. Don't be fooled by the PR … Continue reading Capability Dave announces cluster therapy for research

NICE announcement on anti-TNF therapy

Today's guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to widen access to anti-TNF drugs for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has been widely welcomed by patient groups and medical research charities such as Arthritis Research UK. Those digging further into the story may be interested to know that it was researchers … Continue reading NICE announcement on anti-TNF therapy