How to use surveys to generate locally relevant evidence through practice - an interactive workshop

Friday 2 October 2015
B4, 3 hours

Organised by the FIP Academic Pharmacy Section and the FIP SIG on Regulatory Sciences


Pharmacists themselves must be a source of generating new evidence. Surveys provide information about participant’s attitudes, experience, and knowledge and are used extensively today by researchers, politicians, and news organisations. Surveys are also by far the most widely used tools in pharmacy practice research. However, high quality survey studies are not as easy to design or conduct as they appear. A substantial proportion of published pharmacy survey studies fail to meet highest quality standards, primarily in robustness of design, which is the fundamental step determining the overall quality of the study. The purpose of this session is to educate students and pharmacists on robust survey design methods and how to conduct them.

Learning objectives

Application-based session

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Research various types of survey studies relevant to pharmacy practice.
  2. Classify the various steps in survey research.
  3. Compare various types of survey instruments and survey questions, and their advantages and limitations.
  4. Organise various types of sampling and survey validation techniques.
  5. Choose the best survey design applicable to one’s own study. 

Chair: Vimal Kishore (Xavier University of Louisiana, USA)


09:00 1) Survey research design: why survey designs matter
Parisa Aslani (The University of Sydney, Australia)

09:30 2) Survey studies: advantages and limitations
Carl Schneider (The University of Sydney, Australia)

10:00 Break

10:20 3) Steps in survey research: developing and validating the survey instrument
Anandi Law (Western University of Health Sciences, USA)

11:00 4) Interactive workshop
Coordinator: Vimal Kishore (Xavier University of Louisiana, USA)