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Conducting Survey Research at Nursing Conferences

Sleutel, Martha Rider


Background Conferences can provide large numbers of potential subjects in one location, yet there is little published guidance on how to collect data at a conference site. A computer search revealed no citations on this topic. This article outlines a systematic strategy to plan and perform research at conferences.

Objectives This article provides a step-by-step process to guide researchers in planning and conducting survey research at conferences.

Discussion Initial components in planning data collection at a conference include making a timeline and getting permission. Detailed advanced planning involves specific strategies for attracting participants, and for distributing and collecting the questionnaires. Travel provisions and on-site logistical approaches are explained, followed by suggestions for post-conference activities.

Martha Rider Sleutel, PhD, RN, CNS, is Assistant Professor of Nursing, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas.

Accepted for publication September 28, 2000.

The author thanks LTC John Murray, PhD, RN, CNS, PNP, FAAN, for his support and encouragement.

Address correspondence to Martha Rider Sleutel, e-mail:; martha.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.