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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…
The Evidence Multiplier – using patients’ experiences of clinical trials to maximise knowledge and drive future success

The Evidence Multiplier – using patients’ experiences of clinical trials to maximise knowledge and drive future success

Because Alterline has undertaken such extensive work on patient experience, it was surprising for us to discover the lack of attention that has been paid to this area of practice within clinical research − particularly given the enormous variation that we know exists in the experiences of participants in clinical trials. Recognising this as an opportunity to apply our expertise…
Public and Clinician Engagement in Clinical Research

Public and Clinician Engagement in Clinical Research

Clinical research plays an essential role in the development of new medical initiatives from understanding patient behaviour through to the testing of life-changing drugs. This research can only be conducted with the participation of patients and clinicians and current levels of participation fall well short of what is required. Alterline were commissioned by the University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and the Clinical Research Network:…
Research commissioned by The Brain Tumour Charity leads to new insights on the real lives of adults and children with brain tumours

Research commissioned by The Brain Tumour Charity leads to new insights on the real lives of adults and children with brain tumours

The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. They fund pioneering research to increase survival, raise awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours, and provide support for everyone affected, to improve quality of life.…
Bone Cancer Research Trust – new research on the impact of primary bone cancer marks a turning point for the charity

Bone Cancer Research Trust – new research on the impact of primary bone cancer marks a turning point for the charity

Primary bone cancer is a rare, yet brutal disease which can have a long-lasting impact on both patients and their families. With very few organisations focussing on the condition a group of bereaved parents came together and registered the Bone Cancer Research Trust in 2006 under the guidance of Professor Ian Lewis, Consultant Paediatrician and Adolescent Oncologist at St. James's…