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Title: Survey Research.
Authors: Story DA
Tait AR
Keywords: surveys and questionnaires
research personnel
research report
Issue Date: Feb-2019
Source: 130(2):192-202
Abstract: Surveys provide evidence on practice, attitudes, and knowledge. However, conducting good survey research is harder than it looks. The authors aim to provide guidance to both researchers and readers in conducting and interpreting survey research. Like all research, surveys should have clear research question(s) using the smallest possible number of high-quality, essential, survey questions (items) that will interest the target population. Both researchers and readers should put themselves in the position of the respondents. The survey questions should provide reproducible results (reliable), measure what they are supposed to measure (valid), and take less than 10 min to answer. Good survey research reports provide results with valid and reliable answers to the research question with an adequate response rate (at least 40%) and adequate precision (margin of error ideally 5% or less). Possible biases among those who did not respond (nonresponders) must be carefully analyzed and discussed. Quantitative results can be combined with qualitative results in mixed-methods research to provide greater insight.
DOI: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000002436
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ISSN: 0003-3022
Journal Title: Anesthesiology
Type: Journal Article
Study/Trial: Editorial
Appears in Collections:Scholarly and Clinical

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