Japan boasts 22 databases that include patient data. Gaining access to the real world data (RWD) can be tricky and requires an understanding of which databases allow access to only clinical or academic researchers, among other barriers. Navigating these intricacies offers useful RWD; the NDB database holds data for nearly the entire population of Japan.
“While much is known about use and access of data through Europe and North America, the expanding interest in research in Asia-Pacific presents a new challenge in understanding the uses and challenges of new databases.…This article focuses on outlining the Japanese healthcare system, its available real-world databases, and insights into their effective use.” Read more here.
(Source: Thomas Laurent et al., The Evidence Forum, Spring 2021)