Designing research: basics of survey construction

Minim Invasive Surg Nurs. 1994 Summer;8(2):77-9.


The survey/questionnaire can be a useful tool for gathering information. A novice can construct an effective questionnaire, if basic construction format is understood and rules for construction and writing are followed. As experience is gained, the instrument design can become more complex. Anyone can collect useful information. Collected data may be directly applied to practice, used as a pilot project, or be a stand-alone project for publication. The ability to effectively design and use this instrument is an important skill for researchers and clinicians.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection*
  • Humans
  • Research Design*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*