Journal article

The Use of Web-Based Technologies in Health Research Participation: Qualitative Study of Consumer and Researcher Experiences

Patrick Cheong-Iao Pang, Shanton Chang, Karin Verspoor, Ornella Clavisi

Journal of Medical Internet Research | JMIR Publications | Published : 2018


Background: Health consumers are often targeted for their involvement in health research including randomized controlled trials, focus groups, interviews, and surveys. However, as reported by many studies, recruitment and engagement of consumers in academic research remains challenging. In addition, there is scarce literature describing what consumers look for and want to achieve by participating in research. Objective: Understanding and responding to the needs of consumers is crucial to the success of health research projects. In this study, we aim to understand consumers’ needs and investigate the opportunities for addressing these needs with Web-based technologies, particularly in the us..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the support from Musculoskeletal Australia for this study. They are grateful to Sara Servodio and Sarah-Jane Dyrenfurth for contacting the participants and organizing interviews. In addition, they thank Juanru Liu for assisting with the analysis of the interview transcripts. Finally, they are appreciative of the consumers and the researchers who contributed their time and insights to this study.