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Web-Based Survey of US Health Educators: Challenges and Lessons

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Objective: To report the challenges and lessons learned while conducting a nationwide Web-based survey of US health educators.

Methods: We developed a Web-based survey, entitled Health Promotion and Genetics/Genomics Survey, to assess health educators' likelihood to adopt genomic competencies into health promotion; 1924 health educators responded (adjusted response rate = 23.1).

Results: This study addresses challenges identified in the electronic surveying process: population identification, sampling, instrument design, survey implementation, and data preparation/analysis. Strategies for dealing with these challenges are proposed.

Conclusions: This practical example contributes to the further development and refinement of guidelines and best practices for Web-based surveying of US health educators.

Keywords: Internet; Web-based surveys; genomics; health educators; survey

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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