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Asking the right questions and getting meaningful responses: 12 tips on developing and administering a questionnaire survey for healthcare professionals

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Bryan BurfordORCiD, Dr Charlotte RothwellORCiD, Dr Gillian Morrow, Emeritus Professor John Spencer, Professor Tim Van Zwanenberg OBE


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Questionnaires provide a useful and versatile tool for new and occasional researchers, and can be applied to a wide range of topics. This paper provides simple guidance on some of the potential pitfalls in developing and running questionnaire study, and how to avoid them. Each tip is illustrated with a real-life example from the development of a UK-wide questionnaire survey of trainee doctors and their educational supervisors.

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Author(s): Burford B, Hesketh A, Wakeling J, Bagnall G, Colthart I, Illing J, Kergon C, Morrow G, Spencer J, Van Zwanenberg T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Medical Teacher

Year: 2009

Volume: 31

Issue: 3

Pages: 207-211

ISSN (print): 0142-159X

ISSN (electronic): 1466-187X

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd.


DOI: 10.1080/01421590802225762


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