Web Survey Bibliography
Background: High response rates to patient surveys are important for ensuring that results are representative of the views of their local population. In the English NHS Patient Survey Programme, areas with high ethnic diversity and younger populations have lower response rates, with London-based organisations having the lowest response rates in England. One reason commonly cited for this reduced response rate is the higher proportion of patients in the areas for whom English is not their rst language.
Objective: To investigate if o ering the option to complete the inpatient questionnaire online in English or a number of other commonly spoken languages helps to increase response rates, particularly for hard-to-reach groups.
Methods: This online pilot survey was run alongside the national 2008 Inpatient Survey. Five London hospital organisations each generated an additional sample of 500 recent inpatients. Identical questionnaires were mailed to all patients but the additional sample were given the opportunity to complete the questionnaire online, in English or one of the ten most commonly spoken non-English languages in London. These participants were also able to call a free telephone number to request a paper copy of the translated questionnaire (in one of the ten non-English languages).
We compared the response rates and response patterns of the additional sample to the 2008 National Inpatient Survey sample to investigate the e ect of providing an online completion option in the native language of the participants and uptake of telephone translation services.
Results: In four of the ve participating organisations there was no di erence between overall response rates for the online completion option and national survey samples. Generally, uptake of the online option was low in all languages (1% of sample), especially so for non-English completion (0.2%). Cost per response was unacceptably high for this research. Telephone completion of the questionnaire, in up to 127 languages, has traditionally been off ered in the National Inpatients Survey. Uptake of this option in a non-English language halved from 2007 to 2008, with no di erence between the online and national samples.
Conclusions: O ering an online completion option did not increase response rates to the survey overall, nor did providing translated questionnaires speci cally improve the response rates for those from non-White ethnic groups. There are issues other than the language spoken which result in decreased response rates for those from non-White ethnic groups.
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Web Survey Bibliography - European survey research associaton conference 2009, ESRA, Warsaw (36)
- An experimental mixed mode design on a general population survey ; 2009; Eva, G.
- Presentation of a Single Item versus a Grid: Effects on the Vitality and Mental Health Scales of the...; 2009; Callegaro, M., Shand-Lubbers, J., Dennis, J. M.
- Survey Research in Virtual Worlds: Second Life R as a Research Platform; 2009; Hill, C., Dean, E.
- Elderly in an Internet panel, the quality of the data; 2009; Vis, C.
- Computer-Assisted Audio Recording (CARI): Repurposing a Tool for Evaluating Comparative Instrument Design...; 2009; Edwards, B., Hicks, W., Tourangeau, K., Harris-Kojetin, L., Moss, A.
- Do online translated questionnaires result in higher response rates for patient surveys?; 2009; Boyd, J., Davis, A.
- A comparison of two mixed mode designs: cati-capi and web-cati-capi; 2009; Beukenhorst, D., Wetzels, W.
- Comparison between Liss panel (web) and ESS data (face to face); 2009; Revilla, M., Saris, W. E.
- Is a cell phone really a personal device? Results from the first wave of a mobile phone panel on sharing...; 2009; Fuchs, M., Busse, B.
- Mobile Phone Surveys in Germany – Response rates and response behaviour; 2009; Hader, S., Schneiderat, G.
- Ethical Considerations in the Use of Paradata in Web Surveys; 2009; Couper, M. P., Singer, E.
- Interviewer voice characteristics and productivity in telephone surveys; 2009; Best, H., Bauer, G., Steinkopf, L.
- Standardized recall aids for online life course surveys; 2009; Glasner, T.
- The impact of forgiving wording and question context on social desirability bias in sensitive surveys...; 2009; Naher, A.- F., Krumpal, I.
- Interactive feedback can improve accuracy of responses in web surveys; 2009; Conrad, F. G., Couper, M. P., Tourangeau, R., Galesic, M.
- Increasing Confidence in Survey Estimates with Visual Analogue Scales; 2009; Funke, F., Reips, U. -D., Thomas, R. K.
- Effectiveness of incentives in mixed-mode systems: An evaluation of errors & costs; 2009; Lozar Manfreda, K., Berzelak, N., Vehovar, V.
- The influence of the field time on data quality in list-based Web surveys; 2009; Goeritz, A., Stieger, S.
- Twisting Rating Scales: Horizontal versus Vertical Visual Analogue Scales versus Categorical Scales...; 2009; Funke, F., Reips, U. -D.
- Online Analysis and Programmed Disclosure Risk Protection: New Access to Restricted-use Microdata; 2009; McFarland O’Rourke, J., Rush, S. H., Maxwell, C.
- Using the Available On-line Secondary Data in Education and Research Practice; 2009; Perek-Bialas, J.
- Nice portal! But where is the data . . . ? - Experiences of a data archive with offering online access...; 2009; Mauer, R.
- Making Use of Online Survey Documentation & Analysis; 2009; Terwey, M.
- Access to Survey Data on the Internet; 2009; Kolsrud, K.
- Individual Follow-up of the Target Population: the Plural Strategies of a Web Survey; 2009; Markou, E., de Cledat, B., Razafindratsima, N., Laurent, R., Issenhuth, P.
- The influence of selective nonresponse in the analysis of levels of annoyance and sleep disturbance...; 2009; Breugelmans, O.
- Motivating different groups: questionnaire topic and participation rates; 2009; Marchand, M.
- How to cover the general public by Internet interviewing; 2009; Das, M.
- The Internet sample; 2009; Getka-Wilczynska, E.
- Comparing different weighting procedures for volunteer online panels - Lessons to be learned from German...; 2009; Steinmetz, S., Tijdens, K., de Pedraza, P.
- Selection bias in Internet panels: challenge or dead blow?; 2009; Lensvelt-Mulders, G. J.
- Presentation of WEBSURVNET; 2009; de Pedraza, P., Steinmetz, S., Tijdens, K.
- Telephone Survey and political behaviour estimates in 22 European countries: Evaluating the need for...; 2009; Hufken, V.
- Self-Selected Samples in Customer Satisfaction Surveys; 2009; Nicolini, G., Dalla Valle, L.
- What to do if Probability Sampling is Impossible in a Web Survey?; 2009; Markou, E., Razafindratsima, N., de Cledat, B., Issenhuth, P., Laurent, R.
- New Challenges in Sampling: Introduction; 2009; Laaksonen, S.