Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Besides short online surveys, what are examples of other potential research forums that I may be invited to?
A: Short online surveys will be the primary research forum, but 1:1 telephone interviews, web teleconferences, and in-person advisory boards are other examples of potential research forums.
Q: What kind of surveys/questionnaires will I be invited to participate in?
A: Invitations for various research forums are tailored to fit your particular area of experience and expertise based on your registration information.
Q: If I registered to be on the NCS Research Council, what is the minimum time commitment?
A: You have the option to participate or not for each invitation and therefore you control your level of engagement/involvement. There is no minimum time commitment.
Q: Will I be able to see the results of the research?
A: Yes, all survey participants will have the option to receive a short summary of the research results.
Q: Will the research be published?
A: Certainly, the intention is to publish the results if the results warrant publication.
Q: Will my responses to surveys/questionnaires be kept confidential as well as my identity?
A: Yes, the survey/questionnaire research will always be summarized across respondents so there will not be identifying information in the research results, and respondents will always remain anonymous to the public and even the researchers. Only NCS Research data support will have access to individual identifying information and will only use it to contact you to tailor invitations to your experience/expertise.
Q: What does NCS stand for?
A: NCS stands for Nephrology Clinical Solutions. Nephrology Clinical Solutions was founded in 2006 to focus on improving the impact of therapies and patient care. NCS Research is a new division of NCS.
Q: Is there travel time involved?
A: While we do not anticipate travel at this time, the Council may be called upon for specific activities that may include travel. However, understanding how busy you are, special consideration will be given to your area of expertise and interest, availability, and location. Should travel be requested, you always will have the option to not participate. If you do decide to participate, we will ensure adequate notice for planning.
ABOUT NCS RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Q: What is the NCS Research Fellowship?
A: The NCS Research Fellowship provides selected Fellows an opportunity to design, execute, and potentially publish a research questionnaire on a topic of interest. The fellowship is meant to encourage nephrology health care professionals with no research experience, as well as those with lots of experience, to conduct research on topics relevant to the professionals involved in the day-to-day care of patients. Research Fellows are supported with the time and expertise of the NCS Research staff, a resource to which Research Fellows might not otherwise have access.
Q: What support does NCS Research provide?
A: NCS Research Fellows have access to the NCS Research Council and staff support. The NCS Research staff handles all of the research operations, questionnaire drafting and programming, analyses, report generation, and logistics for the various research forums. Specifically for the online questionnaire forums, the NCS Research staff and Research Fellow will partner to conduct a thorough questionnaire research process including:
- Creation/review of questionnaire research goals and survey question draft. Suggest revisions and update questions based on scientific questionnaire design principles
- Conduct sample size power calculations and project number of survey participants required to address key questions and subpopulation analyses
- Design selection criteria and targeting strategies to invite survey respondents with the appropriate expertise (inclusion/exclusion criteria)
- Manage ongoing questionnaire fielding, troubleshooting, and inquiries
- Develop full executive report including executive summary, research methodology, statistics, respondent demographics, individual question responses, cross-tab subpopulation analyses, and key insights generated
Q: Who is eligible to apply to be a NCS Research Fellow?
A: Eligibility is restricted to NCS Research Council Members. Topics benefiting nephrology patients and their caregivers and providers are desirable.
Q: How much time is likely required from the Research Fellow?
A: This is highly variable depending on the topic, complexity of the research, and the effort of the individual. However, much of the administration, questionnaire design editing, programming, analysis, and chart production is handled by the NCS Research staff to minimize the amount of time required from Research Fellows. Following are some of the key activities and an estimate of time:
- Refining and finalizing the Research Topic, hypothesis to evaluate, and target respondent profile (3-5 hours)
- Drafting and refining the research questionnaire (3-5 hours)
- Recruiting the appropriate number of respondents (5-10 hours)
- Editing and finalizing the questionnaire after pilot testing (3-5 hours)
- Deciding on analyses to be conducted (3-5 hours)
- Evaluating initial results and crafting additional analyses if required (3-5 hours)
- Writing and submitting the publication (10-20 hours)
- Total of 30-50 hours over the course of several months