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Tiersma K, Reichman M, Popok PJ, Nelson Z, Barry M, Elwy AR, Flores EJ, Irwin KE, Vranceanu AM. The Strategies for Quantitative and Qualitative Remote Data Collection: Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic. JMIR formative research. 2022 Apr 8; 6(4):e30055.
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated a rapid shift to web-based or blended design models for both ongoing and future clinical research activities. Research conducted virtually not only has the potential to increase the patient-centeredness of clinical research but may also further widen existing disparities in research participation among underrepresented individuals. In this viewpoint, we discuss practical strategies for quantitative and qualitative remote research data collection based on previous literature and our own ongoing clinical research to overcome challenges presented by the shift to remote data collection. We aim to contribute to and catalyze the dissemination of best practices related to remote data collection methodologies to address the opportunities presented by this shift and develop strategies for inclusive research.