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Validation of patients for non-interventional clinical studies

In November 2018, Global Perspectives™ jointly presented a paper at ISPOR about increasing the level of validation among rare patients who will take part in non-interventional clinical studies. In this blog, I want to briefly summarise the findings to explain how Global Perspectives™ can help tailor the recruitment strategy at the correct level of validation. You can find the full presentation at this link.

When recruiting patients, particularly if they are rare patients, the recruitment strategy should be designed to suit the target audience. Often a large sample size is needed in order to provide confidence in the data. A combination of recruitment techniques is more likely to result in a large sample size. Different recruitment sources have different levels of validation associated with them. The below list is ordered from the most validated to the least validated sources of patients:

  • Clinical sites
  • Physician referrals
  • Patient associations
  • Recruiter networks
  • Patient referrals
  • Social media groups
  • Patient panels
  • Consumer panels
  • Open survey links

Validation of patients is allied to patient knowledge, engagement and honesty. If the eligibility criteria is too technical then patients may not know whether they fit the validation criteria. If patients are not engaged, for example, during a long and repetitive survey then they might not be giving their full attention, and there is a risk of a dishonest respondent completing the study if proper checks and not put in place during the recruitment stage.

The following methods can increase the validation of patients for non-interventional clinical studies:

  • Careful selection of recruitment techniques
  • Confirmation of diagnosis by Dr’s notes, CRFs, photos of medication or copies of healthcare records
  • Using experienced human recruiters to check validation of patients and to ensure that patients are engaged. Patients with rare diseases are usually very engaged to share their experiences for a clinical study so it is important that the recruiter can explain the study objectives in a clear way to patients
  • Using a good hidden screener that has been tested on patients to be understandable
  • Checking and removing bad data. For example, respondents who have completed the survey too quickly without fully considering their answers

Global Perspectives™ can help design the right recruitment and validation strategy for your project. Please get in touch with Joe Waby for more information.

 

 

 

Community Manager

We are looking for a recent graduate to become our Community Manager at Global Perspectives™ for our international market research projects.

The role will involve working with our Project Management Teams in our Oviedo office to identify and contact sources of patients around the world. The Community Manager will draw up a communication plan for each project and contact patients and patient support organizations initially via social media and email, and subsequently over the telephone in order to secure their participation in the market research study.

The Community Manager will also have responsibility for the Global Perspectives™ Facebook page and patient facing website.

A fluent level of English is required for this role as you will be talking to patients, patient support associations and clients from all around the world in English every day.

We offer an initial 6 month internship position. If all goes well, we will turn this into a permanent position.

Please send your CV and covering letter to ana@global-perspectives.eu to be considered for this position.

Trainee Market Research Project Manager

Global Perspectives is an international company that specializes in finding patients and physicians to take part in clinical and market research studies. We are looking for:

  • Recent University graduates with very good average grades (at least an 8)
  • A very high level of English and experience living or studying in an English speaking country. Most of the work at Global Perspectives is done in English
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team
  • Curious with a great interest in learning
  • Motivation for managing international projects around the world from our office in Oviedo and form part of a talented team
  • Good IT and MS Office skills

This position is perfect for someone who would like to learn and progress in their career within an international environment without having to leave Asturias.

  • Project Managers love giving an exceptional client service and are able to find and implement solutions
  • They want to progress in their professional career and the way they do business

Ideally the candidate would have a degree in economics, marketing or business with some knowledge of market research, but more important is an interest in business and the healthcare sector, and an insatiable curiosity.

This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to go for it!

We offer an initial contract of 6 months. After 6 months, if everything has gone well, then we offer a permanent contract.

Please send your CV and covering letter to ana@global-perspectives.eu to be considered for this position.

 

 

 

Global Perspectives™: Supporting CROs via patient, HCP and payer recruitment

At Global Perspectives™, we specialize in supporting Contract Research Organizations. Over the past few years, our CRO client base has grown tremendously.

Global Perspectives™ are the experts at patient, HCP and payer recruitment for market research and pre/post clinical trial interview purposes.

Patient, HCP and payer recruitment is essential for the success of many patient outcomes, health economics and market access projects. We focus on maximizing the feasibility of audiences in the most cost efficient manner. In this way, we can recruit hard-to-reach patients, HCPs or payers for elicitation, cognitive debriefing, and other qualitative interviews. By combining and choosing from an array of recruitment methodologies, we can also obtain large samples for quantitative surveys.

Global Perspectives™ work in over 50 countries every year by combining a central PM Team with Local Experts in each country. Our SOPs ensure that Local Experts all work to the same high standards of quality.

While our core expertise is in the recruitment of patients, HCPs and payers, our complementary services ensure we provide the maximum value to our CRO clients:

  • Confirmation of diagnosis. For patient recruitment, we have a number of different validation levels, the maximum of which is confirmation of diagnosis by obtaining a signed Dr’s note confirming the patient’s diagnosis. In this way, the study authors can be assured of the validity of the respondents
  • Submission for ethics approvals is often essential if the study will later be published in a scientific journal
  • Moderation and survey scripts. We have a network of experienced healthcare moderators around the world and have an expert team of survey scripters that script and host online surveys according to the latest data protection standards
  • Our team of translators translate survey materials and provide English transcripts of qualitative interviews

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss how Global Perspectives™ can help you. We would love to hear from you!

Global Perspectives and Healthcare Market Research Studies

Global Perspectives is the best in the world at recruiting large numbers of hard-to-reach patients. This is why we are the recruiter of choice for clinical studies among our CRO clients. The resource and knowledge we have built in this sector also serve well for traditional healthcare market research studies

There are many different ways where we can help market research companies and marketing departments to recruit and interview patients and Healthcare Professionals around the world:

  • We can manage large international projects using our Local Experts to recruit and interview respondents in each country. Our Local Expert network is unrivalled, so you can be assured of great feasibility and quality no matter which country is included in the study.
  • We can manage a project only in those countries that you cannot cover with your own internal resources. Our Project Managers will ensure that Local Experts will produce quality output to the same high standards as you would do internally.
  • We can top-up for projects that are currently struggling to reach their targets. This is a great way to get to know the capabilities of Global Perspectives. As our feasibility is greater than anyone else we know, we are almost certain to be able to help you out.
  • We can provide ad-hoc resource as and when you need it. From recruiters, moderators, translators and online survey scripters, we are happy to add high quality resource to your project on an as-needed basis.

Please contact Sonia López for more information. You can see our list of market research case studies for examples of the types of projects we currently work on for market research clients.

Global Perspectives are the best choice for recruiting for patient outcomes studies

At Global Perspectives, we specialise in recruiting hard-to-reach patients for patient outcomes studies.

Our ability to create a unique recruitment strategy for each and every project, bring in specialist Local Expert recruiters from all over the world means that we can reach larger numbers of hard-to-reach or rare patients than anyone else. We recruit patients via the following recruitment methodologies:

  • Physician referrals
  • Patient Associations
  • International network of recruiters
  • Online patient panels
  • Social media targeting
  • Traditional advertising

Coupled to our incredible feasibility is the way that we can validate patients in a number of ways, including via telephone or face-to-face screening or via clinical confirmation of diagnosis.

Recent large international patient outcomes studies we have recently worked on include studies for Multiple Myeloma, COPD and asthma, Haemophilia, Renal Cell Carcinoma and Short Bowel Syndrome. We have successfully completed hundreds of such studies over the past few years.

Whether you need a few patients for exploratory interviews or a large online survey with hundreds of patients in 24 countries, please contact Joe Waby so we can explore feasibility and send you our recruitment plan.

 

Global Perspectives™ and GDPR in the EU

As the 25th May 2018 GDPR deadline approaches, Global Perspectives would like to announce that we have tweaked our procedures in order to be fully GDPR compliant.

Over the past 12 months, we have reviewed our procedures regarding data protection, consent and storage of data, handling and personal information, and have made the following changes:

  • Members of our recruiter databases must have provided explicit consent in order to be contacted for future studies
  • Members of our databases or panellists must have the opportunity to ask for all their personal information to be removed from the database, and to be not contacted for future studies
  • We have tightened up our personal data handling procedures to ensure greater separation of personal identifying PII data from market research data
  • When transferring personal information, we must use 256 bit encrypted file sharing portals. No personal information should appear in email text or in attachments to emails

Just a reminder that Global Perspectives, and any recruiter or moderator working on our projects must follow ESOMAR market research guidelines. ESOMAR guidelines also align with GDPR rules and Global Perspectives internal SOPs.

If you have any queries regarding Global Perspectives and GDPR or would like to see a copy of our SOPs please contact Joe Waby at joe@global-perspectives.eu.

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