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How to source the best participants for medical market research

Posted by Adam Irwin on 16/08/17 11:03

No matter how much planning you do and whatever measures you put in place, a medical market research project is only as strong as its weakest respondent. Your respondents are the fundamental foundation for any successful project, the thing that can transform your research project from a good one into a great one. But how do you ensure your sample of respondents is a good one?

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Topics: Recruitment

4 steps for expert validation in patient market research

Posted by Emma Garside on 04/08/17 14:12

Once you’ve carefully selected your recruits ready for your patient market research project,next up you need to verify them to make sure they really are who and what you want for your market research study. Validation is an important part of the market research process; although on paper someone might appear to be the perfect participant for your study, validation gives you a chance to dig a little deeper. Sure, first impressions count – but you need to be certain that your first impression was correct.

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Topics: Patient Market Research

Top questions to ask your medical market research supplier

Posted by Emma Garside on 14/07/17 10:54

Whatever the size or subject of your medical market research project, in order to get the most out of your market research you’ll need to carefully choose the best supplier for you. Your market research supplier should be fully briefed, understand your business, your research objectives and appreciate the work you are doing and why you are doing it – and the clearer you are with them from the beginning. The higher chance you have of securing the right participants for your research. Want to find out more? Read on for our top questions to ask your market research supplier…

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Topics: Market Research

Why tech can transform your medical market research

Posted by Emma Garside on 12/07/17 09:41

From smartphones to laptops and emails to social media, whether you’re in the office or at home – there’s not a single aspect of our lives that doesn’t involve technology. Today’s technology enables researchers to gather a wealth of in-depth information, allowing them to get a true insight into respondents’ lives, thought and feelings, instantly empowering researchers and enabling them to understand more than ever before. Read on to discover how you can use tech to transform your medical market research

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Topics: Technology

Who’s who in epilepsy? A medical market research guide

Posted by Huw Davies on 08/06/17 20:42

What are the facts?

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that causes seizures due to a sudden burst of excess electrical activity in the brain. This electrical activity creates a temporary disruption in the normal messages passed between brain cells and results in a seizure or fit. Most seizures happen suddenly without warning, last a short amount of time and stop by themselves, and the severity or type of seizure differs from person to person. 

How a person behaves during a seizure will depend on the area of the brain affected  - some will experience a trance-like state for a few seconds or minutes, whilst others lose consciousness and suffer convulsions. Generally, epileptic seizures can be divided into two types: focal seizures where the epileptic activity starts in just a part of the brain, and generalised seizures where epileptic activity occurs in both hemispheres of the brain.

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Topics: Epilepsy

Ten top tips for moderating medical focus groups

Posted by Huw Davies on 02/06/17 15:56

It’s not surprising that focus groups are one of the most popular research methodologies out there – after all, they’re a great way to get insightful qualitative results and can be a faster alternative to individual interviews. However, the key to running a successful medical focus group is all in the moderating. A good moderator brings out the best in the participants, peeking into their minds and asking the right questions at the right time to gather deep insights. If you’re thinking about conducting a medical focus group as part for your next research project, read on for our top ten tips on successful moderation…

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Topics: Moderation, Market Research

Do’s and don’ts of running healthcare market research online communities

Posted by Huw Davies on 09/05/17 10:32

Market research online communities are one of the fastest growing methodologies in the market research world and are becoming increasingly popular in the healthcare sector too. When you look at all the benefits, it’s easy to see why: a well managed MROC provides a safe and secure place for participants to voice their opinions whilst also offering researchers a fast and cost-efficient methodology that enables easy access to hard-to-reach respondents.

And because they fit in around respondents’ busy lives, the response rates can be pretty great, too. As with any research methodology, however, there are some key things to consider to ensure MROCs run smoothly – so if you’re thinking about using a market research online community for your next healthcare research project, make sure you have a read of our do’s and don’ts first…

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Topics: Market Research Online Communities

Who’s who in Huntington’s disease? A medical fieldwork guide

Posted by Huw Davies on 03/05/17 09:19

What are the facts?

Huntington’s disease is an inherited condition that damages certain nerve cells in the brain. This damage gets worse over time and results in a gradual loss of function that causes problems with movement, cognition (perception, awareness, thinking and judgement) and behaviour. In the majority of cases Huntington’s disease is caused by an inherited faulty gene, however in around 3% of cases there is no family history. Huntington’s disease usually progresses and gets worse over a 10-25 year period from when it first appears, and during the later stages of the disease the person will be totally dependent and need full nursing care.

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Topics: Huntingtons Disease

5 tips to engage participants during insight communities in healthcare

Posted by Huw Davies on 19/04/17 10:38

Insight communities, or market research online communities as they are also known, are one of the fastest growing general market research methodologies – and we’re pleased to report that the healthcare industry is finally catching up and getting on board, too. It’s pretty easy to see why they’re so popular: when they are well managed, Market research online communities can provide unique insights into participants’ minds, allowing researchers to access qualitative information whilst enabling participants to voice their opinions in a safe and secure setting.

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Topics: Market Research Online Communities

Who’s who in obesity? A medical market research guide

Posted by Huw Davies on 07/04/17 10:47

What are the facts?

Obesity is an increasingly common problem here in the UK – in fact obesity levels have more than trebled in the last 30 years, prompting fears that we are becoming the “fat man of Europe. With 24.9% of the UK population being obese, we’re ahead of countries such as Spain (24.1), Germany (21.3%), Sweden (16.6%) and France (15.6%). And with current estimates predicting that more than half of the population could be obese by 2050, obesity is a very real long-term problem.

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Topics: Obesity

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