Sourcing the right participants is tricky for even the most generic of target groups - but add the strict criteria of healthcare market research into the mix and it can be even harder. From patients with low incidence rate diseases to geographical limitations, there’s no denying that patient recruitment can cause a headache for even the most experienced researchers.
It’s no secret that a market research study is only as good as its weakest respondent. After all, your respondents are fundamental to the success of your project and can be the difference between insightful results and fieldwork that falls flat. However, sourcing quality respondents can be difficult even with the most generic of target groups - and as soon as you add the additional criteria that comes with healthcare market research into the mix, recruiting respondents can become even more challenging, especially when dealing with low incidence diseases or healthcare professionals who work in niche areas. In our experience, when it comes recruiting these hard-to-reach respondents, preparation is key. Read on for our top tips on how to be completely prepared, however tricky your target audience…
Finding the right quantity and quality of market research respondents can mean the difference between a study that fulfils its objectives and one that falls short - but locating them, particularly for studies that cover less common conditions or subjects such as healthcare market research can sometimes prove difficult to achieve.
Over the years we’ve identified a variety of methods and channels that can be used to find respondents for healthcare market research studies, so if you're struggling to fill your sample or don’t know where to start to find them, here’s five different approaches that might help.