Minority group cancer patients (that is those from Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds; and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) and older (65+) patients) tend to have poorer experiences and outcomes. However, they lacked evidence and insight to identify specific needs and shape future support.
The challenge centred around how to reach-out and engage such hard-to-reach groups, and how to sensitively handle discussions with cancer survivors and have them be frank and openhe challenge centred around how to reach-out and engage such hard-to-reach groups, and how to sensitively handle discussions with cancer
With the support of Further, and using Further’s pioneering community software, social psychology experts FORUM RESEARCH created a two-month community, separately engaging patient groups and key opinion leaders (Healthcare Experts, Inclusion Specialists and Academics).
Specifically, Further helped FORUM Research achieve a successful project by:
- Developing a research design and activity strategy that engaged participants
- Co-developing an effective project and engagement strategy
- Supporting the launch of 70+ community activities smoothly and efficiently
- Providing a safe, secure environment to encourage open sharing and discussion
- Holistic understanding of patient needs and opportunities for support through various tasks (for example, word-association exercises, diaries, projectives and message co-creation)
- Engagement of >100 hard-to-reach patients (virtually impossible
using F2F methods)
- Greater cost efficiencies when compared to traditional F2F methods
(50% less, as determined by an independent review carried out from
- A project that simultaneously delivered across different business
functions – research, communications, customer service, engagement, inclusion and support
The online research community approach represents a cost-effective means of engaging with a wide group of individuals, many of whom are often harder to engage.