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African primary care research: Performing surveys using questionnaires

Indiran Govender, Langalibalele H. Mabuza, Gboyega A. Ogunbanjo, Bob Mash
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 6, No 1 | a589 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v6i1.589 | © 2014 Indiran Govender, Langalibalele H. Mabuza, Gboyega A. Ogunbanjo, Bob Mash | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 September 2013 | Published: 25 April 2014

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Indiran Govender, Department of Family Medicine, University of Limpopo Medunsa Campus, South Africa
Langalibalele H. Mabuza, Department of Family Medicine, University of Limpopo Medunsa Campus, South Africa
Gboyega A. Ogunbanjo, Department of Family Medicine, University of Limpopo Medunsa Campus, South Africa
Bob Mash, Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


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Abstract

The aim of this article is to provide practical guidance on conducting surveys and the use of questionnaires for postgraduate students at a Masters level who are undertaking primary care research. The article is intended to assist with writing the methods section of the research proposal and thinking through the relevant issues that apply to sample size calculation, sampling strategy, design of a questionnaire and administration of a questionnaire. The articleis part of a larger series on primary care research, with other articles in the series focusing on the structure of the research proposal and the literature review, as well as quantitative data analysis.


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Primary care research, surveys, questionnaires, cross-sectional studies, research proposal writing

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