Glossary

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Journal Editorial Board

The editorial board of a scientific journal is a team of experts in the journal’s field who provide advice on content, encourage submission of scientific publications and help attract qualified authors.

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Journal Impact Factor

Measure of the frequency with which the “average article” in a journal has been cited in a particular year, used to measure the importance or rank of a journal.

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Medical Guidelines

A medical guideline (clinical guideline, standard treatment guideline) is a document that lays out best practices on how to diagnose, manage and treat a medical condition.

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Medical Societies

A medical society or association is an organization representing a particular group of medical professionals.

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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

The MeSH thesaurus is a comprehensive, controlled and hierarchically-organized vocabulary produced by the National Library of Medicine. It is used for indexing, cataloging, and searching of biomedical and health-related information.

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Open Payments Data

Database containing records of payments made by drug and medical device companies to physicians and teaching hospitals in the US.

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Patient Journey

The sequence of events a patient follows from the point of entry into the healthcare system and their continued interaction with it.

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Physician Payments Sunshine Act

US healthcare law that requires manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologicals, or medical supplies to report certain payments or other transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals annually.

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Precision Medicine

An emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person

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Principal Investigator

Principal investigator (PI) is the researcher responsible for the management, conduct, and reporting of a research project.

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Real-World Data/Real-World Evidence

Real-world data (RWD) is data relating to patient health status and/or the delivery of health care routinely collected from a variety of sources; real-world evidence (RWE) the clinical evidence regarding the usage and potential benefits or risks of a medical product derived from analysis of RWD.

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Share of Voice (SoV)

A company’s share of relevant reach in the market relative to that of their competitors for a specific product.

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