Beth Andrachick joined Reckner Healthcare Surveys in January of 2019. She is a writer who brings 35 years of experience in marketing and communications for nonprofit organizations. She is excited to be working with the Reckner Healthcare Panel.
There’s no doubt that participating in healthcare market research is a great way to supplement your income. But many of our Panelists derive other benefits from participating in surveys or interviews. In the last issue of our quarterly e-newsletter we asked you what you enjoyed most about it (aside from the financial benefit) and 675 of you responded. Here’s what you had to say:
In 2019 there were 18,943 of you who participated in online, telephone, or in-person studies with Reckner. Thank you for being an active member of Reckner’s esteemed Healthcare Panel.
Some of you may be thinking, “Well, I would have participated if I had received an email or call.” And we believe you!
Here are some common reasons why you may not be receiving invitations or as many as you would like, and some things you can do to increase your chances.
Whitelist: On your end, be sure you have whitelisted (safe senders list) email@example.com and reckner.com since that is the domain from which we send study invitations. We don’t want to end up caught in your spam filter.
Update contact information: We use email, telephone, and occasionally snail mail to recruit for studies. If you have any changes to your email, phone number, or address, please send that along to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the telephone number you gave us is an office number, be sure those answering the phone know to pass a call from Reckner on to you. For online surveys, you will likely receive an email. For phone or in-person interviews, we will likely call you.
Some specialties are more in demand than others. Please note that if there are no surveys available for your area of specialty, you will not be contacted. Be patient and eventually, you will receive an invitation.
The Oak Creek, Wisconsin office of Reckner raised funds for a group of students at Oak Creek High School in December. Ange Tingwald, Facility Manager, organized the drive, which provided 22 students with gifts and gift cards. Additionally, the Reckner team put together stockings for each of the students stuffed with candy, gum, fuzzy socks for the young ladies, and cologne for the young men.
In the Chalfont, Pennsylvania office, Senior Project Manager Anna Cunningham organized our annual Holiday sharing program. The Reckner team purchased gifts and contributed funds to buy gift cards for a local family: a local single mom and her four children. Anna was thrilled with how generous the Reckner staff was and said, ”With everyone’s help, we were able to get every gift on their list including winter coats for all four kids.”
For those of you on the Healthcare Panel who have interacted with our survey recruiters, you will likely have spoken to Evelyn Morawski, who retired in December after 24 years of service. The staff gathered on December 11 to surprise Evelyn with a luncheon and cake. We wish her well in her well-deserved retirement.
If you follow Reckner Healthcare on social media you have probably seen posts about multiple staff members celebrating double-digit anniversaries. Perhaps this is the result of being a family-owned and operated business for the past 30 years, or at the very least, a testament to a positive work environment and committed employees!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. We take your participation with us seriously and want to be sure we continue to treat you with the utmost respect and regard.