Surveys are a useful means of gathering information. Factual information and knowledge base should be accessible by other means, and BESS surveys should only be used to supplement that or to survey the membership’s perceptions/attitudes/opinions on the management of certain conditions. Other forms of surveys that would be highly topical and relevant to the needs of patients and/or the NHS would also be appropriate.
Surveys are often conducted to inform future research design, more specifically to aid in grant applications for specific areas of clinical research. Surveys designed for this specific purpose will be encouraged, as it will help promote BESS as a research network.
The topic of the survey should be as specific as possible, and the questionnaire designed appropriately to extract the information required on the topic. The questions should be unambiguous and consistently easy to understand. Using clinical scenario-based questions tends to elicit better response rates.
Please find further guidance and the application form below.