Designing a Questionnaire: an Overview

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Survey design using questionnaire is a popular methodology employed by occupational therapists in both research and clinical practice. A misconception sometimes encountered is that it is relatively easy to produce a questionnaire and that 'no special preparation or training is perceived as necessary' (Chesson 1993, p711). This paper guides the reader through the process of designing and using a questionnaire and highlights some of the potential pitfalls. It is intended to provide an overview and the reader is directed to other texts which explore some of the issues in more detail.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1998

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

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    The 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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