Direct Epidemio-Statistics helps you design, organize, and conduct long-term health data collection of patients. In order to minimize loss to follow-up and result variability, the epidemiological follow-up mission includes:
During this preliminary step, we help you formulate the research question to which the patient follow-up is expected to respond. We can examine, in particular:
We help you define the characteristics of participants to include and those that would exclude them, ensuring that the study sample represents the target population of the research question.
Direct Epidemio-Statistics helps you develop a recruitment plan so that the appropriate sample size is achieved. Our contribution to the recruitment plan can lead to:
Given the target population of patients, the survey aims to collect data such as demographics, medical history, lifestyle factors, and, of course, the vital status of former patients.
Patient demographic data, medical history, treatment history, laboratory test results, and other information are often relevant or essential in conducting epidemiological studies. Direct Epidemio-Statistics can assist you in extracting this data, which may be found in:
Lost to follow-up cases refer to patients with whom there has been no contact for an extended period. Investigating lost to follow-up cases is crucial to ensure data accuracy and completeness, study sample representativeness, and generalizability of study findings to the target population. In this investigation of lost to follow-up cases, Direct Epidemio-Statistics can contribute to:
Surveys received by mail and email need to be organized (filed), verified (through procedures), complete (no losses), physically stored, secured, and ideally backed up (by making a digital copy). If data is lost or compromised, the validity and reliability of the study results may be affected. The different elements of this phase in which Direct Epidemio-Statistics can participate include:
A database helps in storing surveys, improves organization, enhances security, and provides flexibility. It organizes data in a structured and efficient manner, making access and analysis easier. It also offers an additional layer of security against unauthorized access or tampering. Creating and managing a database for your patient follow-up can include:
Start with a first batch of patient follow-up or collaborate over a longer period to make the most of our expert assistance.
— What are the deliverables?
Depending on the projects, the deliverables include extraction filters, letters and questionnaires (PDF), mailing execution, long-term patient follow-up data collected, or all the survey letters (in paper format).
— What are the timelines?
The estimated duration of the mission is specified in the quote. In general, the mission starts upon order confirmation and ends no later than the date of publication in a scientific journal.
— What are the prerequisites for the mission?
The epidemiological follow-up mission requires the ability to access, store, and manipulate patient data and to act on behalf of the sponsoring institution during surveys.
— What are the rates?
The design and implementation are priced as a flat fee (1,000 to 2,500 EUR excluding taxes). However, the sending, receiving, sorting of follow-ups, and investigating lost to follow-up cases follow a volume-based decreasing rate."
To understand the challenges and design operational efficiency.
To track the progress of ongoing follow-ups by patient and project.
To achieve the highest response rate while limiting the burden per follow-up.
To have answers to your questions when you need them.