Survey research

Survey research informs the hypothesis for multi-centre research that may lead to funding for clinical trials by providing evidence on attitudes, practices and knowledge. 

Despite the widespread perception that surveys are easy to conduct, good survey research requires substantial planning, time and effort. All of our surveys have undergone stringent peer review to ensure they're rigorously designed and written; respect participants' confidentiality; and avoid over-burdening our fellows and trainees. 

We've implemented a range of policies and procedures to ensure that our survey research is of a consistently high standard and that none of our fellows or trainees will receive more than two college-wide surveys a year. 

Thank you for your support with this vital aspect of our work. 

Survey distribution and recipient lists

Surveys are scheduled to minimise survey fatigue. Members may be randomised to receive up to two surveys over a year that will take no more than 10 minutes complete. 

Members who belong to special member groups (for example, special interest groups, regional committees, the Clinical Trials Network and supervisors of training) may receive additional surveys relevant to your expertise, position or region. 

Members will have the option to unsubscribe, however, your contribution to survey research is invaluable and we hope that you will support your peers. 

All surveys facilitated by the college need to comply with our survey research policy

Tips for developing your survey

We will:

  • Generally only consider distributing surveys that support the strategic direction of "Driving research and quality" to our members.
  • Prioritise surveys that inform CTN grant applications, pilot or feasibility studies, and multi-centre research.
  • Only approve surveys that take less than 10 minutes to complete. 
  • Limit the distribution to 1000 randomised or selected members.
  • Require you to justify the inclusion of trainees as survey recipients.


We won't:

  • Distribute your survey until ethics approval has been confirmed.
  • Approve surveys that have already been distributed via other mailing lists which members are already likely to be on. 
  • Pass on members' contact details to you.
  • Distribute a survey where the anticipated response rate is very low. 

Application process

  • Register your interest by contacting the college and completing the initial application form.
  • Your survey will be triaged by the college for consideration.
  • An expert reviewer will be assigned to discuss your proposal.
  • You will be invited to submit a full survey research application if the proposal is suitable for distribution.
  • Peer-review feedback will be provided from the expert reviewer.
  • When all requirements have been met, you can then seek ethics committee approval at your hospital or university.
  • A sample of up to 1000 recipients will be selected for distribution.
  • Surveys will be scheduled at a suitable time in accordance with the college Bulk Communication Policy.
  • An initial survey invitation and one final reminder will be sent to recipients.

Reporting 

Researchers will be required to provide progress and final reports on the outcomes of the research and report the final publication.



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Last updated 16:29 14.06.2020