On September 24th, we drew Dr. Donald J. Cegala, (Ph.D. Florida State University) as our winner of our Anniversary Event.
Dr. Cegala is Emeritus Professor in the School of Communication and the Department of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University. He was on the Ohio State faculty for over 35 years. Dr. Cegala is the former Chair of the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association, he is a member of the OSU Institute for Primary Care Research and the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center, and was the recipient of the 2006 NCA/ICA Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award. He has published over 50 book chapters and articles in academic journals, and is known nationally and internationally for his research on physician-patient communication, particularly with respect to patient communication skills interventions.
And, given the impressive credentials above, we're very proud to say he has been a Researchware customer and user of HyperRESEARCH™, our simply powerfull tool for qualitative research, since March 7th, 2005.
Dr. Cegala's research focuses on interventions to empower patients. He has developed an intervention called PACE that improves patients' communication with physicians. His ideas have been applied to many physician-patient settings, including primary care, cancer, heart disease, adult asthma, pediatrics, and women's menopause. HyperRESEARCH has helped enable this important work in improving health care for all of us.
"I have used HyperRESEARCH to code physician-patient interactions for my later research on PACE and current, related work on patient participation." notes Dr. Cegala. For Dr. Cegala, it was the simplicity and power of the tool to save him time, time he could better spend on thinking about his research. "Prior to using HyperRESEARCH, transcripts were coded by hand on printed transcripts, then data were entered by hand into computer files that were submitted to a series of complex computer programs to count frequencies of categories and produce matrices that could then be submitted to other programs for analysis. HyperRESEARCH has cut the workload and time for coding and subsequent processing by more than 50%." Dr. Cegala states.
Researchware was founded on the principle that mechanics of research - the tools you use to collect and analyze your data - should be easy. You should not need to spend 25% or more of your time on learning complex and cryptic software. We're delighted once again to see that HyperRESEARCH saves our customers time they can better spend on their research!
What did Dr. Cegala win? One of everything Researchware makes, free, for the next 20 months - through May 30, 2013 - including upgrades, new products, everything! We've given Don an idea of all the great new things that means, products others won't hear about until they're formally announced, and we think he was pretty happy with the prize. As Don said, "I still can’t believe I actually won this --I don’t believe I’ve ever won anything!"
All we can say is that we love our customers and all the many ways they use our tools to make the world a better place. Thank you Dr. Donald J. Cegala!