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Gen Pop experience with Vaccines

Gen Pop experience with Vaccines

Vaccines have been an almost inescapable topic across the media since COVID-19. Now, four years out from the start of the pandemic, we wanted to better understand vaccination rates and explore those that are most sought out by the general public.
This independent study explores American and Canadian experiences with vaccines. MD Analytics surveyed 1000 people in each country, and the results highlight high vaccination rates and the crucial role pharmacies play in providing access, especially for flu and COVID-19 vaccines.
View our latest infographic to discover findings on vaccination trends and the opportunities for increasing awareness and uptake of essential vaccines.

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Patient-Powered Health: Embracing Technology Solutions

Patient-Powered Health: Embracing Technology Solutions

From smartphone apps for tracking medical conditions to the increasing use of AI for researching diseases and treatments, patients are embracing digital tools to take control of their health. Our latest infographic, based on a study conducted among 2000 individuals in the US and Canada, unveils patterns in the adoption and utilization of health management technology.

Explore the evolving landscape of healthcare technology and discover how patients are leveraging digital tools to enhance their healthcare experience in the results of this independent study.

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What Digital Media do Physicians Use?

What Digital Media do Physicians Use?

Physicians are spending, on average, two hours a day using websites and social media for professional purposes. The increasing reliance on digital media is transforming how physicians engage with crucial product information.

This infographic delves into the insights of our most recent study, exploring which social media channels physicians prefer for professional use, their perceived appropriateness, and the platforms where they welcome interactions with pharmaceutical companies.

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Pharma Leaders of Digital Media

Pharma Leaders of Digital Media

In the rapidly evolving landscape of healthcare, the role of digital tools and media in the professional lives of healthcare professionals is only growing. Physicians now accept less than half of pharma reps’ requests for meetings. As these in-person interactions decline, the need for effective digital information channels becomes crucial.

Our latest infographic illuminates who physicians view as leaders in the digital media space, and what factors influence these perceptions.

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AI: How receptive have physicians been so far?

AI: How receptive have physicians been so far?

In a recent study, MD Analytics surveyed 300 physicians to gauge their awareness and use of AI, especially in light of the ChatGPT platform. The findings highlight a significant gap in AI understanding among healthcare professionals, with less than half familiar with the concept. Usage of AI, particularly language models like ChatGPT, remains low due to lack of familiarity and trust. Concerns include patient self-diagnosis based on AI-generated information and the resulting challenges for physicians. Bridging this knowledge gap is crucial to maximize AI’s potential in healthcare.

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Pharma: Know Your Specialists

Pharma: Know Your Specialists

Physician specialists are not all alike!

MD Analytics surveyed 100 Canadian physician specialists on topics such as work-life balance, patient care, pharma companies, technology, and information sources to identify attitudinal differences to help pharma marketers more effectively communicate with their target audience.

Four segments emerged.

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Patient care may vary based on generational differences among specialists

Patient care may vary based on generational differences among specialists

Key insights have emerged in a new study conducted by MD Analytics in terms of differences in how younger and older Canadian physician specialists perceive aspects of patient care.

Building on previous findings that showcased generational differences among primary care physicians, MD Analytics conducted a follow up study in March of 2023 that included a mix of 100 Canadian physician specialists. The overall objective of this study was to determine the extent to which a generational gap may exist in approaches to treatment and patient management. In our analysis, we divided specialists into two groups: younger physicians, those under 45, and older physicians, those 45 and older.

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“Time” top challenge to optimal patient care, say younger physician specialists

“Time” top challenge to optimal patient care, say younger physician specialists

Key insights have emerged in a new study conducted by MD Analytics regarding perceived work life imbalances among younger and older Canadian physician specialists.

As a prelude to the latest data, we reflect on previous research we conducted with physicians in October of 2022 which showed that the majority of specialists in Canada felt overwhelmed and burned out compared to pre-pandemic times. While this is true across medical specialties, the data also hinted that this feeling may be more pronounced based on age.

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Healthcare staff shortages hindering delivery of optimal patient care

Healthcare staff shortages hindering delivery of optimal patient care

The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably impacted our healthcare system in many ways. One of the most significant impacts has been staffing shortages among Canadian healthcare workers.

Since the start of the pandemic there has been a substantial rise in shortages of healthcare workers across Canada. To what extent does this shortage affect physicians and their practice? How severe has the staffing shortage been in the past year? What type of support do physicians seek in order to reduce the workloads in their practice? To answer these questions MD Analytics surveyed 50 family medicine physicians and 90 specialists on the topic of healthcare staffing shortages across Canada, post pandemic.

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Physician burnout  leading many to reduce workload

Physician burnout leading many to reduce workload

For most of the general population, the pandemic is starting to feel like it’s a thing of the past. However, while most of us have found a sense of normalcy within our lives, the healthcare system is still reeling from its effects thereby impacting healthcare workers within it. What is the impact on Canadian physicians? What are the current consequences of the pandemic on their personal and professional lives? More specifically, how does this all impact the management of their workload? MD Analytics surveyed 50 family medicine physicians and 90 specialists on the topic of their professional and mental state 3 years after the onset of the pandemic.

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Celebrating 20 years of MD Analytics!

Celebrating 20 years of MD Analytics!

We are sometimes reminded with stories, movies and books that companies have an origin too. It must have started somehow. Someone must have had a vision or an idea and then worked hard to get it going.

MD Analytics is no different in this way and its story follows its own certain path with many team members supporting the company’s growth and quality deliverables throughout the years. At the forefront is the CEO, Tyler Hassman, a fourth generation Canadian, born in Saskatchewan who migrated to British Columbia in the late 90’s; where he held several sales positions during the “dot com” days and met other ambitious soon-to-be entrepreneurs along the way. Working long hours tirelessly and then meeting with friends after work to talk about business was the way he spent most of his days. Day after day, year after year working and evolving along with the business.

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In-person and remote meetings between doctors & pharma companies now standard

In-person and remote meetings between doctors & pharma companies now standard

Since its initial onset, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on how physicians interact with pharmaceutical companies. Government restrictions forced companies to quickly adapt and move to more remote forms of interactions. While in-person interactions are once again a viable option for communication, will they return to pre-pandemic levels? MD Analytics has been monitoring these trends over the past few years and we have recently interviewed 50 Canadian GPs and 90 Canadian specialists in our latest survey on the topic.

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Are remote consults here to stay?

Are remote consults here to stay?

With COVID-19 about to enter its 3rd year, it continues to significantly impact the lives of Canadians and the practices of HCPs in the country. Even though it has not been easy, physicians have continuously adapted how they manage their patients and how they interact with key healthcare stakeholders during the pandemic. MD Analytics has been monitoring these trends over the past few years and we have recently interviewed 140 physicians in our latest survey on the topic.

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Physician Interest and Participation in Market Research

Physician Interest and Participation in Market Research

Market research plays a fundamental role in helping those involved in the healthcare market answer key questions about their brands. Gaining insights from healthcare practitioners is central to market research. However, engaging physicians to participate in research can be a challenge. While most of the surveyed physicians say they enjoy participating in market research studies, in practice, physicians self-report participating in less than half of the number of studies they are invited to participate in. Real-world experience from our panel says the response rate is even lower. With this in mind, we asked Canadian physicians to help us understand what motivates them to do market research.

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Discover How Physicians Want to Learn About New Treatments

Discover How Physicians Want to Learn About New Treatments

Engaging prescribers is a key component to the launch of any new brand. But what are the key components that drive interest for physicians in learning more?

Overall, physicians express greater satisfaction when learning about new products through in person interactions compared to virtual or digital interactions. However, regardless of how they learn about new product, the types of resources physicians prefer are similar. The top most preferred resources for both GPs and Specialists include presentation at conferences, discussions with peers, educational events that include KOLs or treatment areas experts, presentations by lead authors, journal clubs and discussions with Pharmaceutical reps. While a majority agree (66%) they are more likely to engage with reps or MSLs to discuss new products or indications, more physicians agree (87%) they are more likely to meet with a rep or MSL with whom they have an established relationship.

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Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on New Pharma Product Launches

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on New Pharma Product Launches

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on physicians, including how they learn about and integrate new products into their practice. While not all saw a decline, close to 1 in 3 Specialists and close to half of GPs say their use of newly launched products declined during the pandemic, primarily due to a lack of pharma presence, reduced patient volumes overall and just a general lack of comfort using new products.

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