Introduction to RWE – what is it, and why do we need it?

Introduction to RWE – what is it, and why do we need it? - Richard White

9:15 AM - 9:40 AM


Everyone working in medical writing has heard of ‘real-world evidence’ (RWE) and is aware of the increasing volume of studies being conducted that are not randomized controlled trials (RCTs). This introduction to the symposium will set the scene for the day by addressing the following questions.
- What types of studies are we talking about?
- Why are they important?
- Who is asking for them?

There has been a recent increase in interest in the concept of ‘real world’ evidence (RWE) with the increasing digitisation of health care records and the ability, through increased computing power and interconnectivity, to analyse what is known as ‘big data’. The purpose of this presentation is to
• attempt to define what RWE is,
• where it comes from
• Consider the benefits and drawbacks that are present within RWE,
• To examine how such data is being used and what might, in practice, limit its usefulness to healthcare professionals (HCPs).