A comparison of survey methods in studies of the nurse workforce

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Abstract

Aim

To compare and contrast postal and internet surveys in studies of nurse workforces.

Background

There is little research that examines the advantages and disadvantages of different surveys in studies of nurse workforces.

Data sources

Previous studies that used different approaches to disseminate surveys.

Discussion

There are advantages and disadvantages to using postal or internet surveys for nurse workforce studies.

Conclusion

Factors researchers may wish to consider in selecting survey methods include research topic, costs, coverage, timing and the characteristics of potential respondents.

Implications for research/practice

Response rate, data quality and adequate coverage of the population being studied can be optimised if the researcher selects an appropriate survey method.

Implications for research/practice

Cite this article as: Reitz OE, Anderson MA (2013) A comparison of survey methods in studies of the nurse workforce. Nurse Researcher. 20, 4, 22-27.

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