We want your opinions about HIV and health care. Your opinions will be used to develop a campaign to help others with HIV get into and stay in care. Eligible persons will take part in a one-on-one interview lasting up to one hour and receive $75 for their time and travel.
This research is being done by RTI International with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If you are interested, please go to: http://thehennegroup.com/prescreener/
The interviews are taking place in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, CA.
In 2008, THG completed 200 telephone interviews with business owners and managers of production facilities in Oregon. The interviews were conducted for researchers at Oregon State University (OSU), and explored the operational practices used at said facilities and how those practices affected plant performance. Interviewers engaged in a lengthy process of recruiting and scheduling respondents to participate in the 25-minute survey, calling from a list of businesses provided by OSU.
2009 – 2010
From 2009 to 2010, THG performed all data collection activities for five quantitative research studies regarding the attitudes of Santa Clara Valley residents around local flood control and water conservation issues. For these studies, THG managed a multi-lingual interviewing team, offering the survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Mandarin. Over 2,500 responses were collected, 5% of them in Spanish.
THG designed, pretested, administered and compiled response data from a web-based survey for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This project was part of a larger study conducted in 2008 of the costs and benefits of rules implementing Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley act.
Among THG’s responsibilities was designing the questionnaire. As part of this project, a total of 19 cognitive interviews were conducted in six rounds by THG’s Jeff Henne. The majority of these interviews were conducted in-person, but some were conducted via telephone. All of these interviews were conducted within a six-week period. Interview subjects were C-level management from Fortune-500 companies.
This project included the collection and analysis of extensive “real world” data from a broad array of companies currently complying with Section 404 and was conducted over a four-month period. The study had two phases. In the first phase, C-level management from a sample of 8,215 domestic and foreign companies was contacted via email and posted letters. A response rate of 35% was achieved, as representatives from 2,907 companies completed the survey.
To supplement this effort, THG was given a random sampling of 770 companies to conduct follow-up outreach with via telephone. Among these 770 companies, THG achieved a response rate of 49%.
In the second phase of the project, THG reached out to C-level management from a sample of 1,202 foreign companies via email and telephone contact and obtained completed surveys from representatives of 166 companies, increasing the total number of responses from foreign companies by 43%.
THG recently contracted with UC Berkeley to conduct a quantitative research study on behalf of the National Science Foundation during the spring and summer of 2011. For this project, THG will be seeking responses from senior management at companies of varying size across the United States through a mixed-mode data collection effort. Responses will be collected primarily via web, with a non-response prompting via mail, email and telephone.
THG’s responsibilities include verifying sample contact information, programming the questionnaire, devising and implementing a contact plan, assisting in the design and implementation of a web presence for the study in order to easily provide information about the study to respondents, and ultimately compiling the data and providing a public-use dataset.
In the spring of 2010, THG was contracted to conduct telephone surveys with parents of children aged 17 years old or younger in the state of California for Berkeley Policy Associates (BPA) on behalf of the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. THG programmed the questionnaire, developed by BPA in collaboration with the Packard Foundation, for use with its CATI software and administered the survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese dialects. THG used a blend of Random Digit Dial (RDD), Ethnic Density, Household Member Age and Wireless Only sample to reach out to targeted ethnic groups and qualifying households, and completed over 1,600 30-minute surveys.
In 2006, THG conducted a survey for the City of San Francisco to evaluate the accessibility of government and public contracts to small businesses, specifically those certified as MBEs and WBEs. The study aimed to address any issues small businesses may encounter when bidding for public contracts. The sample size for the study was 475.
In addition to interviewing past bidders of the City of San Francisco to identify specific issues they faced in the process, THG also interviewed non-bidders to establish the general business climate in the Bay Area. The bidders’ survey averaged fourteen minutes and the non-bidders’ survey averaged nine minutes. The study was replicated with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in 2007. A modification to the study design was made to recruit and follow-up on bidders who believed they had encountered problems during the bidding process due to unfair treatment based on race, ethnicity or gender.
THG recently completed the first phase of data collection for a study for researchers at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). THG interviewers contacted California state residents via telephone and administered a 60-minute questionnaire on adolescent health issues to parents of children aged 13 to 17.
For this study, THG was involved in editing the questionnaire and responsible for questionnaire programming and testing, as well as conducting a live pre-test of the questionnaire with 10 randomly sampled California residents. A listed sample of eligible families receiving healthcare services from Kaiser-Permanente or San Francisco General Hospital was provided by UCSF.
THG completed close to 500 interviews as well as an additional 100 test-retest reliability completes. UCSF researchers are currently in the process of analyzing the data and preparing a modified version of the questionnaire for the second phase of data collection beginning in early 2011.
In 2007-2008 and 2009-2010, THG was engaged by Westat, a major Contract Research Organization located in Washington D.C., for data collection activities for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). Spearheaded by UCLA in collaboration with the California Department of Health Services and the Public Health Institute, the CHIS 2009 effort gathered responses on public health and healthcare issues from over 50,000 California residents.
THG hired, trained and managed over 50 interviewers who ultimately provided over 20,000 interviewing hours to this important study. To accommodate California’s large and diverse population, the interviewing staff was comprised of English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese dialects), Korean and Vietnamese-speaking interviewers.
THG contracted with the American College of Cardiology to conduct 55 one-hour interviews with cardiologists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and cardiac patients with cardiovascular disease in Chicago, Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale, San Francisco and Jackson, MS. The research was conducted in support of Take Action, a 2008 initiative whose goal was to decrease the chances of a secondary coronary event for those who have just recently been discharged from a hospital after being hospitalized with acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
For this study, THG recruited 39 healthcare professionals, 14 of whom had a patient population that was at least 50 percent African-American. We also recruited 16 cardiac patients, 11 of whom were African-American.
THG was engaged by the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) in support of a communications project for the CDC to evaluate HIV messages for advertisements aimed at increasing HIV testing among young African-American MSM. THG successfully recruited this target audience to participate in individual interviews and focus groups. This research began in 2009 and is ongoing through 2011, as the CDC refines and evaluates the effectiveness of the campaign.
The goal of this research is to pretest HIV testing messages and ascertain comprehension, personal relevance, efficacy, persuasiveness, acceptability of content, and to obtain feedback and opinions on channels for message placement.
Since the start of this project, THG has recruited over 300 respondents in Atlanta, Oakland, Newark, Detroit, Charlotte, Raleigh, Miami, and Washington DC. We have interviewed MSM who have been tested for HIV in the past 12 months and MSM who have not been tested for HIV in the past 12 months. All participants have been between the ages of 18-44. We are currently recruiting for an additional 81 interviews in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and New York.
The data obtained from these interviews will be used to revise existing and create new campaign messages for HIV testing social marketing campaigns targeting African American MSM.
Since 2008, THG has conducted over a dozen qualitative and quantitative projects for Gilead Sciences – all of which involve the recruiting of hard-to-reach populations. In a 2008 study, THG recruited 80 participants across eight cities to conduct a total of 65 one-hour interviews. This was an extremely difficult recruit – participants had to meet a patient profile, and were estimated to be approximately 5% of the total patient population. Even with the difficult recruiting specifications, the entire timeline of this project was only 10 weeks.
In 2010, THG was contracted to provide qualitative research which involved recruiting 540 HIV-diagnosed patients who had not yet taken medication for their HIV for participation in a 40-minute survey in English or Spanish. Outreach was conducted via health clinics and non-profit organizations supplemented by internet and telephone outreach data gathering.
In late 2010, THG conducted two studies for Gilead involving the recruitment of focus groups and one-on-one interviews in the Phoenix area. For one study, nine HIV-positive females between the ages of 32 and 64 were screened using very specific eligibility criteria regarding their date of HIV diagnosis and their medication regimen. For the other, 13 men and women of varying ethnicity and sexual orientation between the ages of 23 and 64 were screened using similarly specific criteria.
In 2010, THG collaborated with Lilly to develop an instrument to measure treatment satisfaction and the effect of treatment on psychosocial concerns for men with ED. The research involved a series of focus groups and in-depth interviews conducted across the nation with men with ED. Respondents were required to fit a very specific patient profile, satisfying eligibility criteria regarding their age, sexual activity, sexual dysfunction and use of medication to treat their sexual dysfunction.
A total of 227 men were recruited for participation in this study. For the second phase of the project, THG recruited 24 participants for in-depth interviews and 29 participants for focus groups. 13 of the participants were Phoenix residents between the ages of 27 and 67.
THG is currently working on the second phase of a project intended to establish a patient-reported outcome measure of testosterone deficiency in men for clinical trials and labeling purposes. This study requires a similar outreach effort, recruiting respondents fitting a very specific patient profile. For the first phase, 72 men between the ages of 30 and 81 were recruited for focus groups and in-depth interviews. Part of the second phase’s participant population will be comprised of 12 patients and six doctors treating testosterone deficiency in the Phoenix area.
For both of these studies, THG used and is using a variety of outreach methods, including internet outreach through Craigslist and Facebook, print advertising, and outreach through medical offices, libraries and retirement homes
THG conducted three studies for the BPRI Group, a research-led consultancy based in London focusing on business-to-business research. THG sourced sample, recruited and conducted 47 one-hour in-person interviews, 34 half-hour telephone interviews and two focus groups with state senators, representatives, assembly members and district supervisors, as well as global opinion leaders from non-governmental organizations, including senior representatives from national energy companies, government officials, academics and informed public.
In 2010, THG was contracted to provide assistance to Eli Lilly & Company in the creation of a standing advisory board of experts in the area of Urology Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs), and to lead the execution and management of the board. Advice from this panel of experts was sought on PROs for hypogonadism, premature ejaculation, ejaculation dysfunction and nocturia.
To assemble the board, THG conducted a review of scientific literature and consulted with public sources to compile a list of key opinion leaders. Panel participants were recruited from this list, which was first vetted by the client for candidate suitability.
In preparation of the first board meeting, THG was responsible for assisting with the development of meeting content and agenda and compiling and distributing preparatory materials to the participants. A summary report of the meeting was provided to the client, along with recommendations for future meetings.