Paying It Forward

Remember the movie Pay It Forward with Kevin Spacey? It’s been longer than I thought, it came out in 2000. The idea was simple – do something good for someone, and they “pay it forward,” by doing a good deed for someone else. In the movie, the middle schooler changes the world with this. We’ve… Continue Reading

You may already know that we recruit many patients and caregivers personally at patient events such as walks, conferences, and educational forums. But did you know that we also get many panelists from patient/caregiver referrals? After we meet patients, they receive a gift card from us. They tell us they enjoy the experience, providing their… Continue Reading

I’m sure a key element in your success has been how you have built interpersonal relationships. Interacting with others, delivering good news as well as explaining and apologizing when things haven’t gone well. Gaining credibility over the long term. How you say something can be as important as what you say. That has been the… Continue Reading

Here are three rare patient recruiting tips, gleaned from conducting over 850 rare patient recruits. Lead with your best offer. We generally compensate patients with $100 per hour of their time, (e.g., $25 for 15 minutes, $50 for 30 minutes, etc.) This is motivating to patients. We pay by check; when we’ve surveyed our patients, two-thirds… Continue Reading

We’ve recruited 93 cancer patient projects this year across 25 different tumor types since teaming up with WhatNext.com, the official social health site of the American Cancer society. Projects have been both qualitative and quantitative, with sample sizes ranging from 0 (some really difficult criteria!) to n=635. We’ve learned quite a bit and we’re happy… Continue Reading

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