'Snapshot' cohort study design across multi-site research settings: challenges, strategies, and solutions
European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Multi-site research studies redefine cohort studies by simultaneously providing a cross-sectional snapshot of patients and monitoring them over time, to evaluate outcomes. However, careful design is crucial to minimize potential biases, such as seasonal variations, that may arise during the study period. Addressing snapshot study challenges requires strategic solutions: implementing multi-stage sampling for representativeness, providing rigorous data collection training, using translation techniques and content validation for cultural and linguistic appropriateness, streamlining ethical approval processes, and applying comprehensive data management for follow-up and missing data. These strategies can optimize the efficacy and ethicality of snapshot studies.
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