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How to use medical research surveys

Whether you’re conducting research in a university, hospital, GP Clinic, or Private Practice, a targeted survey will get you the insights you need. Using surveys makes it easy to collect and analyse data for anything from patient or employee satisfaction to clinical trials to epidemiological studies. As the world’s leading survey platform, we have thousands of satisfied healthcare customers across the full spectrum of the NHS and private practice.

Types of medical research surveys

Great research is only as good as the data you have to back it up. By making it simple to create and run surveys, we give you the tools you need to make a difference. Create custom surveys from scratch, or rely on pre-written expert templates.

Evaluate access to healthcare

If you’re a researcher or healthcare provider, use surveys to explore potential barriers to accessing healthcare among groups such as disabled people or older people. You might also want to research the healthcare needs of specific populations, such as those living in rural areas or inner cities.

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FSurvey patients in specific groups to better understand their specific health or medical concerns. Surveys can also help you evaluate potential candidates for a clinical trial or easily followup with patients who have participated in a clinical trial.

Improve service efficiency and effectiveness

Is your hospital, clinic or department a well-oiled machine, or are there squeaky wheels? Send out an online survey questionnaire to get full insight into each staff member’s role, the effectiveness of existing processes, and to identify any deficiencies. Are there opportunities to decrease spending? Should you become more visible in the community? Are there best practices to share across your organisation? Find out by talking to patients and staff through a survey.

Women’s health research

What are the varying needs and medical priorities of women in different age groups? How do they feel about the care they receive? What are the concerns of pregnant women? Collect feedback from ante natal classes or analyse maternity services provided by your Trust. Uncover opportunities for enhancements and improvements by sending out an online survey.

Measure lifestyle & wellbeing programmes

Healthcare professionals can gauge interest and participation in lifestyle and wellbeing initiatives, such as health and nutrition classes, smoking cessation, stress reduction, weight loss, overcoming insomnia, anxiety management, childbirth, or pain management for chronic conditions.

3 tips for successful medical research surveys

Keep these factors in mind to ensure you get the highest response rates possible.

1. Keep surveys short.

Be mindful of your respondent’s time, and keep the length reasonable. On average, this means it should take anywhere from 5-15 minutes to complete. If you are trying to optimise for completed survey responses, try to keep your survey as short as possible. Consider using skip logic to shorten a survey—this will allow respondents to navigate only to the questions that are relevant to them.

2. Make it anonymous

Make sure that healthcare employees or the patients you are surveying are aware that their survey answers are 100% anonymous.

3. Send reminder emails if needed.

A gentle nudge to respondents will certainly help improve response rates. With SurveyMonkey , it’s easy to send email reminders to those who have not yet answered your first invitation.
From sample size to reducing bias, check out more survey best practices.

Medical research survey examples and templates

Our medical research survey templates were written by experts to save you time and offer you reliable, actional data.


Employee Engagement

Find out how healthcare employees feel about their line of work, day-to-day responsibilities, and more..

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Healthcare Questionnaire

Survey patients to get a very detailed picture of their overall health. With our Detailed Health Check Template you can find more about patients’ medical history and more about any current health concerns or issues..

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Diet & Exercise

Using medical questionnaires can help you find out more specific details about a patient’s lifestyle, such as diet and exercise habits.

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Patient Satisfaction

Track patient satisfaction by asking for feedback after clinic visits or hospital stays. Ask patients to give feedback on their interactions with staff, medical technicians, nurses and doctors. Send out a survey asking about possible improvements to waiting rooms, check-in procedures, appointment-setting, cleanliness, and more.

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3 quick tips to improve survey response rates

Here are some ideas to ensure that respondents will answer your surveys.

1. Be quick

If your survey is short and sweet, there's a greater chance that more respondents will complete it.

2. Offer incentives

Little incentives like small discount or an entry into a drawing can help ensure respondents complete your survey.

3. Buy a targeted audience

With SurveyMonkey Audience, you can purchase access to an audience who meets specific demographic criteria for your survey. It's a great way to get targeted responses from a specific group.

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