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J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2000 Jul-Aug;7(4):416-25.

Methods for the design and administration of web-based surveys.

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Department of Dental Informatics, Temple University School of Dentistry, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA. di@dental.temple.edu

Abstract

This paper describes the design, development, and administration of a Web-based survey to determine the use of the Internet in clinical practice by 450 dental professionals. The survey blended principles of a controlled mail survey with data collection through a Web-based database application. The survey was implemented as a series of simple HTML pages and tested with a wide variety of operating environments. The response rate was 74.2 percent. Eighty-four percent of the participants completed the Web-based survey, and 16 percent used e-mail or fax. Problems identified during survey administration included incompatibilities/technical problems, usability problems, and a programming error. The cost of the Web-based survey was 38 percent less than that of an equivalent mail survey. A general formula for calculating breakeven points between electronic and hardcopy surveys is presented. Web-based surveys can significantly reduce turnaround time and cost compared with mail surveys and may enhance survey item completion rates.

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PMID:
10887169
PMCID:
PMC61445
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