Welcome back to our Research 101 Series! In this article, we’re going to talk about why research is important and the impact it has on the world.
Why is Health Research Important?
Health research is necessary in order for doctors and scientists to better understand and improve health.
Research plays an important role in learning how to prevent and treat illnesses and has the potential to help improve care for people around the world.
Treatments for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and most recently the development of the COVID-19 vaccines are just a few examples of how research has positively impacted communities.
Think about the last time you went to the doctor's office for treatment or received medication — the care you received all started with research!
The Impact of Evidation Studies
At Evidation (formerly Achievement) Studies, we like to engage in impactful, valuable research.
We do this because we want everyone to be able to participate in better health outcomes. Our studies are powerful because we measure health in everyday life and offer individuals the opportunity to participate in ground-breaking research.
The majority of our research is decentralized, which means people can participate in studies from wherever they are. This is different from traditional research which frequently requires participants to travel to a doctor’s office, hospital, or other clinical setting. The time and cost of such travel makes it too difficult for many people to participate.
Why does this matter?
It means more people have access to research opportunities. Individuals who typically wouldn’t be able to participate in clinical research at big hospitals and universities now have the opportunity to join an online study from the comfort of their home, through decentralized research.
Our enrollment process is easy
Enrollment is one of the most slow and difficult parts of clinical research. In fact, many trials or programs can’t enroll enough participants to meet the goals of the study.
We’re different because we’re able to enroll people remotely. Making the process easier and more accessible to a wider variety of people.
Person-Generated Health Data (PGHD)
We use person-generated health data in our studies. This means that we use data (information) generated by you on a day-to-day basis to conduct research. This can include data from surveys, lab tests, wearables, sensors, apps, and much more!
By using PGHD in our studies, we’re able to look at much more everyday data such as heart rate and activity levels, or health history and lifestyle choices reported directly by you.
We take your privacy very seriously. Above all, our participants come first, so we do everything we can to make sure we earn trust through honest and ethical practices. We do not sell your data and will never share your data without your permission. We’re committed to making sure you understand how your data is being used.
When we do share research results, all personal information is removed or de-identified and aggregated. That means it’s combined with other participants’ results, and your name and other identifying information is removed and never linked to study results. You can find our full Privacy Notice here.
How can I get involved?
Given how important research is, we encourage everyone to get involved in a way that’s best for them. For example, you can get involved in health research by participating directly in a study, donating money to research programs, spreading the word about different studies you hear about, or sharing this article with someone you know.
Want to know more about any of our Evidation Studies and how to get involved? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our friendly team members can help you get started.
If you want additional general information on health research, we recommend checking out the following public resources: