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Who’s who in Alzheimer's? A medical fieldwork guide

Posted by Emma Garside on 07/12/18 11:45

Alzheimer’s is a physical disease that affects the brain and is the most common type of dementia in the UK. Over time, the disease causes proteins to build up in the brain and form structures called ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’. These proteins lead to the loss of connections between nerve cells, eventually resulting in the death of the cells and loss of brain tissue. Additionally, Alzheimer's sufferers also have a shortage of vital chemicals which help to transmit signals around the brain, meaning that the signals aren’t transmitted effectively.

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Topics: healthcare market research

Your guide to conducting medical market research in London

Posted by Adam Irwin on 14/11/18 13:00

There’s a lot to think about when conducting a medical market research project in a big city such as London. You might think that it is super easy to recruit in such a large city, but once you take into account the ever-increasing amount of qualifying criteria, it can actually become tricky whatever your chosen location. From the type of venue you choose to how many people you recruit, which specialist centres and hospitals you recruit from to any events occurring in the city that could impact your research on the day, there are lots of different things for medical market research companies to consider. Don’t worry though - with more than 25 years of experience, we’ve successfully conducted loads of healthcare market research projects in big cities and have gathered all of our top tips together right here so you can ensure your next medical market research project goes off without a hitch.

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Five easy-to-follow rules for reaching HCPs via email

Posted by Adam Irwin on 13/11/18 15:50

There’s no doubt about it: when it comes to communicating with healthcare professionals during healthcare fieldwork recruitment, email is one of the best ways to keep in touch. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s a fantastic way to build a rapport with your HCP respondents throughout the recruitment process. However, there are some things you need to consider when contacting HCPs this way, from complying with the relevant rules and regulations to making sure your message stands out and doesn’t get lost among the hundreds of other emails they receive each day. In this blog, we've put together our top tips for communicating with HCPs via email during the healthcare fieldwork recruitment process to make sure your respondents remain engaged and that your project is a success.

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Who's who in NASH? A medical fieldwork guide

Posted by Adam Irwin on 08/11/18 11:27

NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) is a stage of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD patients often require a range of healthcare professionals to help them get the diagnosis and treatment they need to reduce the long-term effects of this disease.

NAFLD is a term used to describe a range of conditions caused by a buildup of fat in the liver. It is not caused by heavy alcohol consumption and it can affect anyone of any age. However, people are at greater risk of NAFLD if they smoke and are over the age of 50.

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Is technology the saviour of healthcare?

Posted by Adam Irwin on 17/10/18 15:26

The healthcare industry is always evolving - and thanks to the exponential rise of technology, new topics and trends are constantly emerging. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, neuroscience: no, you’ve not accidentally stumbled into a sci-fi movie: these are all very real up and coming technologies that are set to have a direct impact on the healthcare industry over the next few years.

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What does the GRIT report mean for healthcare market research?

Posted by Adam Irwin on 20/09/18 14:03

The GRIT (Greenbook Research Industry Trends) report is one of the leading surveys of the healthcare market research industry. The latest version was the biggest GRIT report to date, with 3930 interviews conducted with researchers across the globe, making it an incredibly useful resource that allows us to understand where the industry is now, where it’s going in the future and what researchers need to do in order to adapt to change and keep ahead of the competition. Whilst the report isn’t specific to healthcare market research alone, looking at wider industry trends can nevertheless help healthcare researchers stay on top of what’s going on in the industry as a whole and apply these trends to the healthcare field in order to remain ahead of the game.

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What do I do if I need to re-contact participants in healthcare market research?

Posted by Adam Irwin on 16/07/18 09:16

If you are carrying out any type of market research study, one of the very first things you need to do is gain the informed consent of your participants. According to the MRS Code of Conduct, “informed consent is a process by which a participant voluntarily confirms his or her willingness to take part in a particular project, after having been informed of all aspects of the project that are relevant to their decision to participate”. Likewise, ESOMAR’s Data Protection Checklist states that consent must be free, specific and informed, and one of the first things the BHBIA says in their Legal and Ethical Guidelines is that “you must obtain informed consent from market research respondents, willingly given, to collect and use their data”.

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How to take the stress out of scheduling your respondents

Posted by Adam Irwin on 10/07/18 14:12

We all know how difficult it can be to find the perfect participants for healthcare market research. So when you do find the right respondents who fit all the necessary criteria, it feels like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders. There’s just one thing left to do before your research kicks off - scheduling. And for a lot of researchers, that’s where the headache begins.

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Who’s who in IPF?

Posted by Emma Garside on 28/06/18 12:09

The lowdown

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a rare condition that causes progressive scarring of the lungs. Over time, the buildup of scar tissue (fibrosis) causes the lungs to become thick and hard, which ultimately results in the lungs losing their elasticity and an irreversible loss of the tissue’s ability to transfer oxygen to the bloodstream. Unfortunately, IPF is a chronic disease that sees lung function progressively declining over time before failing completely.

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Your go-to resources for medical market research

Posted by Emma Garside on 14/06/18 12:06

When it comes to conducting a successful medical market research study, there’s a lot to get your head around, from assessing how achievable your project is to recruiting participants that fit the necessary criteria. And all that’s before you even begin to tackle the healthcare jargon out there or try to make sense of who does what in the NHS.

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