Category Archives: Healthcare Case Studies

Recruitment of neurologists across 16 countries

We recruited neurologists specialising in Alzheimers Disease across 16 countries across Europe, Asia and North and Latin America.

The neurologists needed to be bilingual in English and the local language.

The clinicians reviewed a series of documents meant for Alzheimers patients by reviewing the translation and adding their local expertise.

The whole project took less than 1 month to coordinate and complete.

European ADHD Study

One of the largest studies every conducted about the effects of ADHD on children and their parents in 9 European countries.

We conducted 5-10 elicitation interviews per country with adolescents and their parents to help develop the quant questionnaire.

We then linguistically validated the questionnaire with patients in each country.

Finally, we recruited and surveyed over 4,000 respondents for the quant survey using a multi-source recruitment  strategy by combining a number of different online patient panels in each country.

Health lifestyle study in Niger

A two part qualitative and quantitative study about fertility and contraception in Niger:

The qualitative stage involved 20 focus groups with women in different regions of Niger.

The subsequent quantitative survey interviewed 2,000 individuals in their homes across the country.

Due to the nature of the location, the project required careful methodological design to ensure a good sample selection. It also required careful selection and training of the local interviewing team.

Cognitive debriefing of PRO instruments

We regularly test translated PRO instruments (questionnaires, diaries, symptom score cards etc.) in local markets to ensure that patients understand the translation in the way that the source language originally desired.

We regularly test instructions aimed at helping e.g. asthma patients using an inhaler. We show computer screenshots or “live” images to do realistic tests.

We also test scripts for telephone based interactive voice response (IVR) systems. Recently we tested prompts aimed at measuring suicide risk by playing audio files to the interviewee before asking them a series of cognitive debriefing questions.

We recently recruited and interviewed Tuburcolosis patients in 20 different languages to linguistically validate a questionnaire to be used in large international clinical trail. Due to the contagious nature of the condition, this project demanded skillful interviewing and project management.

Multinational quant survey with Parkinson’s patients

We recruit large numbers of patients for quantitative surveys. We used a range of recruitment techniques to recruit large numbers of patients, including clinician referrals, patients association referral and social media advertisements.

We recruited 300 Parkinson’s Disease patients across the UK, Spain and France for an online quality of life survey. In this case, we hosted and scripted the survey, translated the questionnaire and captured and delivered the data.

As the patients had Parkinson’s Disease, the patients required careful support from our recruitment team and they often had a carer or the recruiter to help them complete the online survey.

Anemia in ESRD Kidney Disease Population

Recruitment of 150 Kidney Disease patients in the US who have a haemoglobin score lower than 11 g/dL.

Patients had to get clinician confirmation of their diagnosis and then complete an online survey within 2 weeks of their latest haemoglobin reading.

This was a very difficult patient group to find. Initially we worked in partnership with the AAKP (largest US patient association). This yielded around half of the possible recruits.

We topped this up to 150 by using six different recruitment teams spread geographically across the US – who recruited the patients through clinician referrals and their own proprietary databases. The survey was completed within 3 months to satisfactory feedback from the client.

Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer Patients

A multi-phase study where we were required to recruit 300 late stage cancer patients across Europe to understand their experiences while taking treatments for metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer.

We recruited and interviewed patients for an initial elicitation interview stage, subsequent cognitive debriefing and a final DCE online survey.

We found patients via a multi-source recruitment strategy. Using clinician referrals, advertisements and Patient Associations to find patients for the elicitation interviews, and then adding in multiple specialist online panels to the online stage, although due to the very low incidence rate, clinician referrals was the most productive recruitment source.

Global Perspectives also handled all translations, moderation and online scripting.

Off the back of the successful 2015 study, a 2016 follow up study was also commissioned with Global Perspectives.