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Needle In a Haystack: Finding Low Incidence Medical Respondents

By Fieldwork on June 3, 2019

Finding low-incidence medical respondents can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. However, planning and implementing a recruitment strategy early on with a vetted, professional recruitment partner with medical research experience can significantly improve your chances of finding low-incidence respondents, ensuring your project's success. The next time your medical project requires low-incidence respondents, make sure you partner with experts who specialize in these 3 key areas:

1. Medical Relationships

Successfully recruiting low-incidence medical respondents begins with building solid relationships within the medical community. This means not only engaging with medical professionals, but connecting with medical support staff, educators, organizers, caregivers, and anyone else that plays a critical role in the medical community. Your recruitment partner should know that creating these relationships expands reach, provides valuable insight into the project scope, and helps expedite the recruitment process for qualified candidates.

2. Medical Knowledge

Your recruitment partner should have a solid understanding of medical conditions, diseases, devices, drugs, and medical terminology. This is critical when searching for low-incidence medical recruits because it not only helps navigate the medical community and build rapport with both respondents and medical professionals, but provides quality assurance during the screening process. In addition, being familiar with various medical conditions and the local medical community can assist in giving a more accurate estimate of how many respondents will meet the study’s criteria.

3. Medical Recruiting Experience 

Due to the specific parameters that exist when looking for medical research respondents, your recruitment partner should have experience with a wide variety of healthcare studies and know where to find medical information locally and nationally. This not only saves valuable time during the recruitment process, but also allows for expert feedback on screener development. A dedicated medical recruiter should always be looking out for your study's best interest and use their expertise to provide you with valuable feedback from the field. This helps enhance the overall screening process and ensures only the highest quality recruits for your study.


The medical industry continues to grow and change every day, and recruiting qualified health care professionals, patients and caregivers can make or break your medical research study. Click below to download our free guide that breaks down expert medical research recruiting.

Expert Medical Research Recruiting


Topics: Market Research Recruitment Medical Research Recruiting

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