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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 99-100

Developing an educational research questionnaire to enhance the generalizability of survey findings


1 Department of Community Medicine, Medical Education Unit Coordinator and Member of the Institute Research Council, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/am.am_7_21

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In general, most of the researchers in the field of medicine carry out research work in their area of specialty and not give much attention toward educational research. An extensive search of all materials related to the topic was carried out in the PubMed search engine and a total of five articles were selected based on the suitability with the objectives of the current review. It won't be wrong to document that the majority of the educational research is carried out in the form of an educational survey using questionnaire as the data collection tool. However, the reality is that more often than not the questionnaires are poorly designed and does not adopt a rigorous approach to its construction. This calls for the need to adopt a standard approach while designing the questionnaire so that all the study participants identically interpret the questions and give their responses correctly. In conclusion, it is essential for the researchers to use a validated and reliable tool for conducting an educational survey. This can be ensured by strictly adhering to the proposed steps as it significantly improves the quality of the questionnaire used in medical education and thereby enhance the probability of collection of comprehensive data.


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