Be Wary Even Of Validated Surveys

Surveys: This is required reading for faculty planning to engage in survey research or to use a published survey.  The authors analyzed publications in three major health education journals which described 37 separate self-administered surveys.  The vast majority (94.6%) of surveys contained at least one violation of best practices in survey design.  Even more concerning, the papers seldom reported a survey’s validity (35.1%) or reliability (21.6%).  The authors point out that, if educators are using a published survey, they should re-establish the survey’s validity and reliability in their own setting. — Laura Willett, MD

Artino AR Jr, Phillips AW, Utrankar A, Ta AQ, Durning SJ,”The Questions Shape the Answers”: Assessing the Quality of Published Survey Instruments in Health Professions Education Research.
Acad Med. 2017 Oct
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