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Table 5 Comparison of the time invested for each method evaluated

From: A comparison of three methods to generate a conceptual understanding of a disease based on the patients’ perspective

Task CE interviews (N = 12) Social media review (N = 100 posts) GCM (N = 16)
Development of study protocol and other materialsa 5 days 1 day 1 day
Recruitment of subjects 15 days (includes time to schedule interviews) 0 days 5 days
Data collection 10 days 1 day 5 days
Data analysis 5 days 3 days 1 day
TOTAL 35 days 5 days 12 days
  1. CE concept elicitation, GCM group concept mapping
  2. aIf approval were sought for this study from the UK’s NHS ethics review board, this would have added approximately 6–12 weeks to the study timelines. Timeline for ethics approval varies depending on the country where the research is to be conducted