Designing and Using Surveys and Questionnaires for Clinical Practice

This two day course will introduce participants to the theories, concepts and practice of developing and using surveys in clinical research and practice. Participants will gain practical skills on how to write good survey questions, use an online survey platform such as Qualtrics to develop surveys, undertake analysis of survey data, and understand the pitfalls of surveys and questionnaires. This course will also include a series of case studies on how surveys have been implemented into clinical practice, and the key learnings we can take from our experiences.

Participants may register for one or all two days of this course.


Day 1 Day 2
Using surveys Implementing surveys into practice
Designing and writing good survey questions Managing and analysing survey data
Ethical considerations when collecting data using surveys Pitfalls of surveys
Recruitment and data collection Troubleshooting your survey
Data entry and data coding  

This course is eligible for Monash University Graduate Research myDevelopment credit hours. Students who attend Day 1 will receive 7.5 credit hours; students who attend both days will receive 14.5 hours.

Scholar testimonials

The last Designing and Using Surveys and Questionnaires in Healthcare course taught by Dr Sze-Ee Soh received an average rating of 4.4/5 on the participant evaluation form assessing the overall quality of the course. Quote from a past participant:

Extremely satisfied with overall workshop, really informative and learnt a lot’.

Who should attend

The course will be useful for people who are new to survey design, as well as those who would like to improve their skills and knowledge. It will also benefit people who are planning to design a survey in the future (eg. PhD students, clinicians, teaching academics), and those who plan to use previously developed surveys for research.

  • Health care providers (medical, nursing and allied health staff)
  • Health service researchers
  • Policy makers and program managers
  • Quality managers
  • Graduate Research students (eg. PhD or Master's students)
  • Teaching associates and academics

Course Directors

Dr Sze-Ee Soh

PhD, BSc (Physiotherapy) (Honours)

Senior Lecturer, Department of Physiotherapy - Monash University

Sze-Ee is senior lecturer and post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Primary and Allied Health Care at Monash University. She is an experienced physiotherapist with an extensive clinical background in delivering physiotherapy services for older adults. She completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) in 2001 from Curtin University of Technology and was awarded a PhD from The University of Melbourne in 2011. Her doctoral research contributed new knowledge towards understanding how people with a chronic progressive disease perceived their life quality. She is the course coordinator for the Doctor of Physiotherapy program.

Sze-Ee has a unique set of research skills, with particular expertise in quantitative data analysis and is currently completing a Master in Biostatistics. Her main areas of research include Parkinson’s disease, falls, osteoarthritis, quality of life, safety climate, patient safety outcomes and the psychometric properties of outcome measures.

Dr Darshini Ayton

BBiomedSci(Hons), MPH, PhD

Senior Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer - Monash University

Dr Darshini Ayton is a senior research fellow and lecturer at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. She is a mixed methods health services researcher with expertise in qualitative research methods, survey design and clinical quality registries. Dr Ayton has current projects in dementia, antimicrobial stewardship, patient-reported outcome measures, clinical quality registries and volunteer programs.

Dr Ayton is a Monash Partners Fellow and is developing a workforce capacity building program to strengthen consumer and community involvement (CCI) in health research.

Dr Renata Morello


Research Fellow - Monash University

Dr Renata Morello is a research fellow at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. She is a health services researcher with expertise in undertaking clinical trials in the healthcare setting, quantitative and qualitative research methods, survey design and use of secondary datasets. She is also a physiotherapist with more than 15 years of clinical experience in both the public and private sectors within Australia and the UK. Areas of work have included research in falls prevention in the acute and community setting, chronic disease management and healthy ageing.

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