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Picture the scenario. Your client wants additional healthcare market research amongst a cluster of hard-to-reach Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs). He wants it now but he "has no budget".  Yet, given the condition's low incidence, the KOLs will be spread far and wide and this will make convening a focus group difficult, costly and time-consuming, won't it?

From focus groups and in-depth interviews to online communities and ethnographic studies, whatever research method you choose for your healthcare market research project, they all have one thing in common: in order to be a success, they need good moderation. Market research is a way to peer into people's minds, but it's often only as effective as the person moderating the process. In fact, in many ways the moderator is actually just as important as the research subject itself, with a good moderator being responsible for the smooth running of the research, from asking the right questions at the right time to gently guiding the research in the right direction.

It's fair to say that technology has completely changed both our professional and personal lives. From scrolling through social media last thing at night and answering emails as soon as you wake up to joining in meetings on the go, technology has totally transformed the way we communicate. This is true for market research too, with new technology and faster broadband speeds resulting in significant improvements to existing methodologies.

What is ophthalmology? Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the eyes and visual system. Ophthalmologists are specialists in medical and surgical eye disease, and look after a wide scope of patients ranging from premature babies to the most senior members of the population.

What is prostate cancer? Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that occurs when the cells in the prostate gland grow out of control. It usually develops very slowly and it may be some years before symptoms start to appear when the prostate is large enough to affect the urethra. The causes of prostate cancer are largely unknown; however we do know that the risk of developing this type of cancer is higher in men over the age of 50 and that men with first degree relatives who have had prostate cancer also have an increased risk.

There are almost 286,000 nurses in the UK, with the majority working for the NHS. Nurses work across all demographics to fulfill the requirements of the public in a variety of settings, from hospitals and health centres to nursing homes and hospices across a range of specialties and subspecialties such as respiratory, diabetes, neurology, cardiology and more. As well as working in multidisciplinary teams across different bands, nurses are increasingly found working independently, too - and with so many nurses working across so many specialities across so many bands, it can be tricky to keep up with who does what and know who to reach out to for medical market research. But don't worry, that's what we're here for! Read on for our handy guide to NHS nurse bandings in the UK healthcare system;

The UK healthcare landscape is an extremely complicated topic. With numerous layers of various structures and an assortment of stakeholders to make sense of, it can often take a long time to understand - and that's exactly why we've put together this handy beginner's guide. From explaining the different areas that are vital to healthcare market research to outlining the type of respondents we can reach here at GKA, consider this your whistle stop tour of UK healthcare; 

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were created following the Health and Social Care Act in 2012 and replaced Primary Care Trusts on 1st April 2013. With 207 CCGs in England, these clinically-led statutory NHS bodies are responsible for the planning and commissioning of healthcare services in their local area and are responsible for getting the best possible health outcomes for the local population by assessing needs and buying in services from different providers. Or, to put it simply, it's a group of GPs that is responsible for managing and improving the health of their local area. Since their introduction four years ago in 2013, we're taking a look at how CCGs are working and what the future holds;

Age Regulated Macular Degeneration, or AMD as it's also known, is a common eye condition and the leading form of central vision loss in the UK, currently affecting more than 600,000 people. By 2020, it's predicted that 700,000 people will have late stage AMD in the UK, making it a fast growing area in healthcare market research. AMD develops when the macula, a small spot near the centre of the retina that is required for sharp, clear vision, is damaged. In some people, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss doesn't occur for a long time, whereas in others it progresses quickly and may lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes.

No matter how much planning you do and whatever measures you put in place, a medical market research project is only as strong as its weakest respondent. Your respondents are the fundamental foundation for any successful project, the thing that can transform your research project from a good one into a great one. But how do you ensure your sample of respondents is a good one?