Current Market Feasibility For HCP Research Due to COVID-19

As we see a resurgence of COVID across EU and continued growth in USA, we have resumed a weekly update to this tracker. It shows the feasibility situation in all the major countries KQH works in.

Last Updated: 18th January 2021

In Person / Viewing Facility Research: Some countries have closed again for in facility / in person research. We advise staying with remote options such as online groups and web TDIs.
Advice for all studies: Flexibility remains key. Situations can change so timelines and moderators should be flexible. Simultaneous translation / listening in should be allowed after the event if needed to allow maximum flexibility.  The most flexible interview platforms should be used / reserved as a back-up. We are seeing recruitment slow and cancellations increase in some countries.
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Due to the increase in the COVID infection rate, the affected specialties such as Pulmonologists, Infectious Disease, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine specialists are becoming harder to reach and they are less likely to respond, hence longer field times will likely be needed and our ability to meet quotas may be impacted in these segments.


The UK is again in lockdown and hospitals busier than during the first wave.  Our Professional body, BHBIA, urges members to avoid non-essential contact and delay non-urgent contact with Covid frontline healthcare professionals for market research purposes, via any medium, during this health emergency.  (By ‘Covid frontline’ we mean HCPs such as intensive care or respiratory specialists, i.e. those under significant additional work pressure.) In addition, KQH advises to build in flexibility to timelines with all HCP research as we need to be sensitive to the unfolding situation.


France’s National lockdown has been lifted but there is a curfew in place from 8pm – 6am.  Certain specialties and areas are especially effected, KQH will feedback how / if your study will be impacted.  Build in flexibility in timelines so that we can be sensitive to the developing situation.


Remains in lockdown. Certain HCPs in hard hit areas are affected and less likely to be available for research. KQH will advise how your study is likely to be affected. Flexibility needs to be built into timelines.


Spain currently has regional restrictions in place  – Catalonia being the strictest. KQH will advise how your study is likely to be affected. Do build in flexibility on timelines.

Italy Italy has moved from a national lockdown to a 3-tier regional system. A 10pm – 5am curfew is in place. KQH will advise how your study is likely to be affected. Do build in flexibility on timelines.


A state of emergency has been declared in Tokyo and surrounding areas. We advise building flexibility into timelines as the situation develops.


COVID is not affecting our ability to conduct research at present.

At KQH we are well prepared to adapt and work with our clients to respond to the changing situation and still get the research done.  Please contact your usual contact with any queries.

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