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Charity Futures 1a: GP’s and cancer charities – Improving understanding and engagement with GP’s

Charity Futures 1a: GP’s and cancer charities – Improving understanding and engagement with GP’s

A new study has launched to enable leading charities to understand how GP’s and cancer charities can work together to better support patients with cancer. The number of new cancer referrals and registrations is rising, with 296,863 new registrations in 20141, but recent changes to cancer services and the NHS mean that responsibilities are not always well defined, and capacity…
Charity Futures 1b: GP’s and long-term condition charities – Improving understanding and engagement with GP’s

Charity Futures 1b: GP’s and long-term condition charities – Improving understanding and engagement with GP’s

Charities Futures 1 has been launched to enable leading charities to understand how GP’s and long-term condition charities can better support patients. Focusing on those living with long-term conditions, the collaborative research project has a sixth month timeline. Alterline are running the project with The British Heart Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society and Arthritis Research UK taking part. The number of people…
Living with, and beyond, primary bone cancer

Living with, and beyond, primary bone cancer

Primary bone cancer is a rare, yet brutal disease which can have a long-lasting impact on both patients and their families.  Alterline were commissioned by the Bone Cancer Research Trust to conduct a comprehensive study into the experiences of those who have, or have had, bone cancer and their families and friends.  The resulting report Living with, and beyond, primary bone…
Healthcare Futures: public perspectives on clinical trials

Healthcare Futures: public perspectives on clinical trials

Alterline are bringing together a small number of healthcare companies in a collaborative, global research project exploring public perspectives on clinical trials. Our Healthcare Futures study will conduct primary research with the public, exploring their perceptions and experiences of clinical trials. The evidence will inform both strategic and practical action to improve recruitment and retention in clinical trials, and help demonstrate…
Working with Alterline to embed patient-centricity

Working with Alterline to embed patient-centricity

As patient-centricity becomes increasingly important to the pharmaceutical business model, methods that enable deeper and more personal connections to patients’ lives are crucial. Alterline is a specialist, qualitative research consultancy working to embed patient-centric practices. Our approach is based upon a fundamental principle: patients are first and foremost people; people who live complex, emotional and demanding lives. True patient-centricity means…
GPs: a clear need to improve patient experiences despite mounting pressures and challenges

GPs: a clear need to improve patient experiences despite mounting pressures and challenges

General practitioners (GPs) are the lynchpin for patients and despite mounting pressures there’s huge scope for improving experiences for patients. Yet health charities are often uncertain about how best to support and enable GPs; there’s a clear need to build more strategic and meaningful engagement. This is not an issue that can be tackled by individual charities alone; a collaborative…
Life story interviewing: Defining successful patient drug outcomes

Life story interviewing: Defining successful patient drug outcomes

Life-story interviewing is a technique that provides a holistic understanding of patients’ lives, from birth to current day. The benefits of life story interviewing Explores a person’s individual experiences within a macro-historical framework (their life-history) Combines an understanding of both the psychological and sociological aspects of people’s lives (their internal thoughts and feelings as well as their environment and context)…
Evidence and engagement drive new strategic direction for National Osteoporosis Society

Evidence and engagement drive new strategic direction for National Osteoporosis Society

Since it was founded in 1986 the National Osteoporosis Society has come on an amazing journey and achieved a great deal for the awareness, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis in the UK. Approaching their 30th anniversary, the charity commissioned Alterline to support the development of a new strategic direction to ensure the organisation tackles the need and achieves impact into…

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Core: fighting digestive diseases

Digestive conditions are prevalent in the UK and a factor in 1 in 8 deaths. Core, the charity affiliated with the British Society of Gastroenterologists, supports medical research, provides information and raises awareness about digestive health.

Core has commissioned Alterline to conduct an ambitious research project to better understand the needs and priorities of people with digestive conditions and the charity’s wide stakeholder groups. Using quantitative and qualitative research methods, we will speak with people with a range of digestive conditions, as well as healthcare professionals, researchers, funders and related organisations to understand perceptions, needs and views on future priorities.

The research will be used by Core to inform and shape its organisational strategy, activities and brand identity.

Mobile ‘selfie’ video studies: Getting closer to patient’s daily lives

Mobile ‘selfie’ video studies: Getting closer to patient’s daily lives

Research that incorporates mobile video, generated directly by participants is a powerful way to access the daily lives of patients around the world. The benefits of mobile video methods When using mobile video methods, we have found: We capture a more personal and intimate glimpse into patients lives as they can reflect and confide at their own pace without the…