Using PubMed to generate email lists of participants for healthcare survey research

a simple and practical approach

Mohamed Khalifa*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Survey research is one of the most essential domains of evaluation and measurement in healthcare and social sciences. Online surveys are considered the most economical of the three main data collection methods, followed by telephone interviewing, while face-to-face interviewing is the most expensive. Even though they have many advantages, online surveys have very low response rates. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate a practical and simply replicable approach for using PubMed to generate large email lists of potential participants for healthcare survey research. In addition to personalizing each email, researchers can use a range of strategies to improve the response rate, including sending reminders, adding the updated response rate to the reminders, and stating the average time it would take participants to complete the survey. Moreover, acknowledging participants, using financial and non-financial incentives and contacting participants through their affiliated organization, can significantly improve participants response rate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth informatics vision
Subtitle of host publicationfrom data via information to knowledge
EditorsJohn Mantas, Arie Hasman, Parisis Gallos, Aikaterini Kolokathi, Mowafa S. Househ, Joseph Liaskos
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Pages348-351
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781614999874
ISBN (Print)9781614999867
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event17th International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2019 - Atherns, Greece
Duration: 5 Jul 20197 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume262
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2019
CountryGreece
CityAtherns
Period5/07/197/07/19

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Keywords

  • Healthcare
  • Participants Emails
  • Questionnaires
  • Survey Research

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Khalifa, M. (2019). Using PubMed to generate email lists of participants for healthcare survey research: a simple and practical approach. In J. Mantas, A. Hasman, P. Gallos, A. Kolokathi, M. S. Househ, & J. Liaskos (Eds.), Health informatics vision: from data via information to knowledge (pp. 348-351). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 262). Amsterdam: IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/SHTI190090