Patient Journey Research: the patient journey refers to the sequence of stages undertaken by any given patient: origination; evaluation/diagnosis; treatment choice/preferences; fulfilment; and compliance/adherence. Patient journey research encompasses two main elements: patient flow (how patients move through the process, from symptoms to treatment decisions) and patient experience (how patients are influenced and what they need throughout the process). Optimally, insights are gathered from the multiple stakeholders involved in a patient's journey (patients themselves, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc.) Patient journey research can be used to support all phases of the product life-cycle.
YouthView: Understanding risk behaviours for meningococcal meningitis among young people
While meningococcal meningitis is relatively uncommon, it is unpredictable, may progress very rapidly and can lead to death in as little as 24 hours from the first symptoms.(1,2)
Although only a few of those exposed to the bacteria will actually develop disease, adolescents and young adults are more likely than any other age group to carry the bacteria without showing symptoms, with carriage rates peaking in 19 year olds with almost 1 in 4 (24%) carrying.(3)