'Flashmob Research', an innovative way of doing research

Scientific research generally requires a long breath and a lot of patience. We have shown that it can be done differently by conducting large-scale research in one day, using the 'flashmob' method. This method of research was first used in the Netherlands on Oct. 29, 2014, after which it has been used several more times.

The researchlogomethod is based on
flashmobs; behind the scenes, a small group prepares the research. Only on the day itself do the researchers "show up" and conduct their research; the more participants, the greater the success. At the end of day, enough data is available to answer the research question.

Various topics have been investigated using the "flashmob" method. For example, past studies have examined capillary filling time and people's sleep patterns, as well as what is most important to patients when they come to the emergency room. Our current 'flashmob' study focuses on the use of devices such as smartwatches and cell phones and the vital signs tracked with these devices.

Over the past 10 years, this new and fast way of conducting research was often well received and many Dutch hospitals participated in this type of research. Participation offered the chance to gain meaningful experience with scientific research in one day.