A small but growing portion of Reckner’s research work takes the form of in-person interviews. Generally, you would be invited to meet with a researcher at a centrally located facility and discuss a specific topic, typically for an hour.
The honoraria for in-person interviews are higher than other
types of research to compensate for the additional time it takes to travel to
and from a facility.
Our panelists who participate in these types of interviews
enjoy the personal nature of them and the fact that there’s more opportunity
for them to elaborate on a topic, sharing in detail their specific expertise.
The interviewers are well-versed on the topics and the conversations can be
In a recent survey, we asked members of our Healthcare
Panel about their experiences with Patient Chart Research. This methodology is
useful for researchers as it is based on real-life cases, not hypothetical
scenarios. Using anonymized data, these studies can be either online or by telephone,
with the majority being online.
One important reason Reckner’s Panelists like to do
Patient Chart Research is because they want their opinions to be counted. They
also want to contribute to innovation in their field and learn about new
treatments in the pipeline. Some say it is “fun” and others like “looking
through records,” “improving patient outcomes,” and “feeling like I can make a
So the next time you accept a Patient Chart study,
remember these useful tips from members of Reckner’s Healthcare Panel.
It is helpful to prepare ahead of time by reviewing the questionnaire and pulling and reviewing appropriate charts before starting the survey.
Many Panelists (40%) prefer to toggle back and forth on one device; 31% prefer to use two devices like a desktop and a tablet; and 14% prefer to print out the charts.
In any case, it is critical to be able to access the charts while doing the study.
Allow enough time to do the study in one sitting; avoid interruptions.
Maintain the confidentiality of the patient and adhere to HIPAA.
Accuracy is critical. As one Panelist said, “Try your best to be accurate in the information you provide since that is very helpful in the advancement of therapy and management of our patients.” Another concurred, “Be patient, always be honest…if technology is failing you—don’t guess, just end session. The only information that can help is accurate information.”
While Patient Chart
Research can be required by a variety of fields, there is particular need in
the areas of oncology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, dermatology, and plastic
The next time you are
invited to participate in this kind of research, give it a try and keep these
helpful tips in mind.
You’ve taken the step to register for the Healthcare Panel. Now what?
On our end, it takes us a
bit of time to verify registrations, but once that’s complete, you’ll enter the
pool for studies that are a match with your expertise and experience. We
conduct both online surveys, telephone interviews, and in-person interviews.
On your end, be sure you
have whitelisted firstname.lastname@example.org since that is the email address we use to
send study invitations. For some studies we may also call you. If you have any
changes to your email, phone number, or address, please send that along to email@example.com.
If you’re new to
research, another thing to note is that each study will start with a series of
questions called a screener. These vary in length, but are designed to ensure
that the study’s research objectives are met and that the participants meet the
requirements of the research. Not qualifying for any study in no way reflects
upon you or your professionalism.
If at any time you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We take your participation with us seriously and want to be sure we continue to treat you with the utmost respect and regard.
We’re always looking to grow our Healthcare Panel as we continue to bring on new clients and develop new business. Rest assured, there are plenty of research opportunities and adding new Panelists won’t affect your continuing to receive invitations.