Clinical Research Glossary

Real World Evidence (RWE) Real World Evidence (RWE)


Findings from analyzing Real World Data.

Example of Real World Evidence (RWE) in a sentence

Real World Evidence comes from analyzing data that are collected from routine sources like medical records and health insurance claims.

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Real World Evidence is often used to understand how medicines work in the real world, not in a clinical trial.

Real World Evidence uses routinely collected Real World Data to answer a study question. For example, Real World Evidence can show whether a drug is effective for a given population or subgroup of people based on the number of doctor’s visits they need after taking the drug.

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You may see the term “real world evidence” in research results or study summaries, to describe how the data collected from “real world” sources prove a particular point or supports a certain conclusion. For example, data taken from insurance claims may provide evidence that one kind of treatment reduces hospital readmissions more than a different treatment.

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