Surveying free and low-cost survey software

J Natl Med Assoc. 2006 Jun;98(6):881-6.


Surveys are widely used to gather health information from a sample of individuals. This brief report reviews 14 free and low-cost software packages (< dollar 1,000) that can be used when conducting health surveys with a limited budget. Information available on the Internet or directly from the provider in response to inquiry was reviewed for key features used by health survey researchers. Many free or low-cost software options appropriate for questionnaire development are readily available. Questionnaire mode and complexity, data management and analytical needs, and computing environment are all important considerations in selecting survey software.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Data Collection
  • Decision Making
  • Health Care Surveys*
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Research Design*
  • Software / classification
  • Software / economics
  • Software / standards*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*