Mitchell Lunn, MD, and Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH are researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.
They are the principal investigators of The PRIDE Study, a large-scale, long-term health study of LGBTQ people, which aims to improve the health of LGBTQ people and their communities.
Lunn and Obedin-Maliver’s design for PRIDE is an ambitious, multi-year study. They faced three key challenges:
Challenge 1: Recruiting participants and collecting data
Participant engagement and long-term retention is critical to all longitudinal cohort studies.
Challenge 2: Scaling
The study needs to scale both horizontally in scope and vertically with more participants. Once the participant cohort is mature, the study design involves investigations into topics pertaining to specific medical and social issues.
Challenge 3: Maximizing funding
Using funding efficiently means reaching more participants and running the study for a longer period of time.