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Designing health-research surveys online is difficult enough and dealing with non-response on top of that can make it seem impossible to get good data.

Factors that Affect Non-Response Rates

There are a multitude of factors that affect nonresponse rates for surveys; notably, the perception of burden and incentives are two big ones.

Burden

The burden that it takes a participant to complete a survey is a significant but albeit ambiguous factor. It’s often thought that survey burden means the length of time it takes to complete a survey, but studies have shown that it’s inconclusive whether this factor actually makes a difference for nonresponse rates.¹

Another…


Cannabis is certainly a hot topic and has only gained popularity in the past few years as it has become a legal substance in Canada and cannabis products becoming more prevalent and legalized in the US.

Cannabis has been touted for both medical benefits — primarily from Cannabidiol (CBD), the nonintoxicating component of cannabis — such as relief from chronic pain symptoms,¹ epilepsy symptoms,² and even nausea caused by cancer-fighting chemotherapy drugs.¹ It’s also popular for its recreational use, primarily due to the psychoactive ingredient,³ Tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH) which releases the pleasure neurotransmitter, dopamine, and causes euphoria and a ‘high.’³

One…


Capturing Sex in Clinical Research

In the world of health innovation, clinical trials help us understand the efficacy of new technologies with the help of research participants.

Sex and gender are two important measures that need to be captured in clinical trials and research studies. Previously used interchangeably, sex and gender are distinct measures. In clinical research, sex refers to biological, genetic, and physiological processes of the individual. Gender, on the other hand, captures behavioural, psychological, and cultural traits by individuals and is considered a spectrum¹ rather than a binary. …


We’ve all heard it by now: “make sure you get 8 hours of sleep.” Sleep plays a huge role in our development, rest, and general well-being. Just think, an AAA study found that driving while tired is on the same level as driving drunk,1 as drivers who miss 2–3 hours of sleep compared to people who get 7 hours of sleep are 4x more likely to get into a car crash.¹

We all probably know that sleep is really important but what might be lesser known is what does ‘good sleep’ actually mean? …


What is a Microbiome

A microbiome is like an entire community of microorganisms living on us and inside¹ (think of the microbiome as the environment of a certain location). Our microbiome is made up of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms (or microbiota) that are meant to regulate the environment of our body.² While we mostly hear about our microbiome in reference to our gut and digestive health, we have a microbiome for other body parts too, like our skin.

Because our microbiome affects lots of different health outcomes, we want to make sure that we have a stable microbiome. It’s difficult to understand…


Vaccines, treatments, cures, and other health technologies must undergo clinical trials. Clinical trials are critical for health innovation and have enabled the creation of antibiotics, cancer treatments, and even the COVID-19 vaccine.

Clinical trials are health research studies conducted on people in a controlled, medical setting to provide knowledge of the efficacy, dosage, response and side effects of a new product. There are many different types of clinical trials, such as:

  • Treatment trials: Test the effectiveness of new drugs or treatments¹
  • Prevention trials: Examine ways to prevent people from developing a disease¹
  • Screening trials: Determine the best way to test…


Morality: the ability to tell right from wrong.¹ Most of us probably strive to be moral people, but how do we define what is right and wrong? I think most of the world has been trying to figure that out since humanity began and mostly still are doing that every day. Most of us expect to live in a world where people do the right thing, where people act morally, but how do we learn this ability?

Like many life skills, morality develops in us very early in our life. In fact, scholars believe that the concept of morality emerges…


What Are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are health research studies conducted in a medical setting to aid the development of novel medicine, vaccines, and treatments by gathering important physiological data. Without clinical trials, we would not have over-the-counter pills, antibiotics,¹ or even the COVID-19 vaccine! Because clinical trials help us all achieve an improved quality of life, science needs diverse and inclusive participation to advance healthcare. However, only 10% of the global population participates in research, leaving 90% of the world underrepresented.²

The fear associated with research participation runs deep from historically unethical human research. Fortunately, today, there are laws and regulations in place…


An interview with Dr. Karen Blair, Ph. D

Pride month is a truly special time to celebrate inclusivity in all aspects of our lives. And while rainbows are wonderful, pride is much more than a parade.


Where does your mind go when you hear the words: protein powder? Maybe images of extremely muscular individuals doing an intense weightlifting session at the gym. Even though ‘protein bro’ memes are everywhere, protein is really important for us to maintain and grow tissue and muscle, and it’s even used to create hormones in our body.¹

You may already know that even though not all protein powders are regulated, they do have some health benefits. …

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