Physicians, nurses, physician assistants, medical students, pharmacists, dentists, healthcare executives, and other healthcare professionals are eligible to participate in paid medical studies.
Participating in medical market research can enable this group of professionals to learn about new medical treatments, influence the development of new products and medications, and help improve the healthcare industry while earning lucrative compensation for their efforts.
How it works
The opinions of healthcare workers are highly sought after by drug, device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, and healthcare IT companies. These companies hire market research companies to conduct studies on their behalf and by contacting the members of the healthcare panels they operate, market researchers can survey people working in medicine.
Medical workers have opportunities to participate, most commonly, in online surveys and online focus groups, but also in in-person focus groups, and telephone studies. Interacting with peers online, as well as accessing the final results of surveys can be an added benefit of participating.
Healthcare panels are always seeking new members, and once you join their database of respondents, you will receive e-mails inviting you to complete online surveys. Survey emails will state the topic of the study, the time it will take to complete it, as well as the amount of compensation offered.
Receive research studies relevant to your area of expertise and complete them as often as you please. There is no obligation for participation and you may unsubscribe at any time.
Paid physician studies can be very lucrative, and generally offer compensation ranging from $50-$1200+ per study. As physicians represent a small segment of the population and are typically short on time, when a market research company is hired to conduct a study which surveys the group, they know it may be difficult to recruit participants for the study.
One way to garner the attention of physicians is by offering generous compensation. Compensation amounts vary depending on the length, complexity and qualification criteria of a survey, but are usually substantial.
If a study is multi-part, a continuation of a previous study, or is aimed at a very specific group (such as sub-specialists or those with many years of experience), the more lucrative it will tend to be.
Nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers are also eligible to take medical surveys. Although they may not be as generously compensated as compared to specialists, when compared to general consumer panels (which anyone can apply to join), payment amounts are still much higher.
Who can participate
Most medical professionals can participate in paid medical studies. Physicians, nurses, medical assistants, midwives, dentists, and veterinarians are all eligible to contribute their opinions.
Healthcare workers such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, etc. may also participate, depending on a survey panel’s requirements.
When a healthcare professional first registers with a medical market research company, the panel needs to verify that the person does indeed work in healthcare. Although it’s not a difficult process to prove you work in medicine (sometimes providing just the name of your medical school and graduation year is all that’s required), you will usually be asked to provide a medical license number.
If you’re a doctor in the US, you may be asked to provide your 10-digit National Provider Identifier number. Your NPI number may be matched to your full name (which is provided during registration), in order to verify your identity.
Otherwise, you may also provide your medical license number as an alternative way to verify your status as a practicing physician. Remember to state your specialty or sub-specialty in order to receive the most relevant surveys possible.
Other USA medical professionals
If you’re a pharmacist, nurse practitioner, dentists, physical therapist, etc., you will likely have an NPI number which you can supply to a healthcare panel. If you don’t have one, you may also supply your license number from your governing board (NCSBN ID, NABP number, etc.)
If you’re an MD in Canada, you will be asked to provide your license number. Most physicians provide their provincial college number which the market research company can then cross reference and match to your full name (a requirement for issuing payment).
If you’re a resident doctor, you may still be eligible to participate with most survey programs, as you will have a college number. If you’re still a medical student, you can still sign up to take medical surveys, though you might need to first pass your college exams until you start receiving high paying studies.
Other Canadian medical professionals
Whether you’re a RN, pharmacist, massage therapist, physiotherapist, etc. you will have a registration number with your governing college. You will likely need to provide this number to a medical market research company before being eligible to take their surveys
Physicians in the UK will most commonly be asked to provide their 7-digit GMC (General Medical Council) number when they first apply to join a healthcare panel. You may also be asked to state your specialty (if applicable), as this will enable you to receive targeted surveys most relevant to your area of expertise.
Other UK medical professionals
If you are not a physician, you will still have a council number (whether from the NMC, etc.) which identifies you as a medical professional. You will usually be asked to provide this number when applying for medical surveys, so your status as a healthcare worker can be verified.
Countries around the world each have their own institutions for managing medical workers. Be it governing colleges, councils, or other establishments, providing your registration number from such organizations is usually a requirement when registering to take medical surveys. Providing your medical license number, which will help identify you as a medical professional in your country, is a common requirement.
Your privacy is protected
When a market research company conducts a study, the results of the survey are provided to the client and don’t contain any personally identifiable information. Personal information of panel members is not sold to 3rd parties (though you can always read a survey company’s Terms of Service to be sure), and most healthcare panels are members of professional market research organizations which set out strict guidelines on how the personal information of respondents is handled.
Companies who offer paid medical studies
- All Global Circle
- Brand Institute
- Epocrates Honors Program
- eRewards Medical Market Research
- HAB Central
- Health Strategies Group
- Inspired Opinions
- inVentiv Health Research & Insights
- Medical Advisory Board
- Olson Research Group
- Opinion Site Healthcare Provider Community
- Physicians Advisory Council
- Physicians Interactive
- Physicians Round Table
- Reckner Healthcare Surveys
- The Science Advisory Board
- Truth on Call
Tips on earning more
- You will typically receive more surveys if you fully complete out your profile with a survey panel. A “profiler” is essentially a short survey (or a series of short surveys) which the market research company can use to better match you to studies. Not only can completing this help increase the number of surveys you receive, but it can also help reduce the number of disqualifications (attempting to complete a survey, but ultimately not being eligible to do so) you encounter.
- Once you have participated in a few surveys and have cashed out your rewards, some survey companies will change the status of your membership to “preferred”. This means that you may receive more surveys, and/or that you will be able to cash out your rewards faster.
- Log into your account to check for studies. Not all studies are emailed, and if they are, they are often posted online first. If you wish to be first in line for the most lucrative studies, it’s best to check online, rather than waiting to be contacted.
- If you are sub-specialist, ensure that you state this somewhere; sub-specialists can often earn even more per survey than general practitioners.