Category Archives: JCEHP

The dark side of SurveyMonkey

I love SurveyMonkey…survey creation, distribution and data collection is a snap with this service (and it’s super cheap).  What could possibly be bad about making surveys so accessible to everyone?  Oh, yeah…it’s probably making surveys so accessible to everyone.  Surveys used to represent a significant time and financial investment (e.g., postage, envelop stuffing, data entry).  Now all you need is a list of emails.  Without previous barriers, the decision to survey can come a little too quickly.

Admittedly, I’ve done more than one survey too many surveys simply because it was easy…rather than necessary.  Now I’m afraid that all this ease is actually making surveying harder than ever.  There are only so many physicians, and if we’re all bombing their inboxes with survey invitations, what’s the difference between us and cheap Viagra spam?

In his recent JCEHP Editorial, Dr. Olson eloquently describes this concern:

“…a survey population is a commons, a resource that is shared by a community, and like other commons such as ocean fisheries or antibiotics, it can be degraded by overuse” (p. 94)

Dr. Olson goes on to detail five ways in which we most typically misuse this common resource – which are much easier to address than climate change.  I highly recommend reading this editorial.   Afterward, continue to “reduce, reuse, recycle” and add: resist.

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Defining Educational Methods

Although I’ve described CME activities as both “interactive” and “multi-faceted”, I’m not really sure what these things are.  I haven’t been able to find any clear definition of either (which is a big limitation of meta-analysis of CME outcomes).  For example, what is the minimum criteria to satisfy “interactive”?  Is it simply the addition of an audience response system?  Or what about “multi-facetedness” (that’s a mouthful)…would a live activity be considered “multi-faceted” once re-purposed into an enduring material?  I don’t know.  But I do have an idea about how we might start to clarify these terms, which a colleague and I address in the latest JCEHP.

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Filed under CME, Interactive CME, JCEHP, Multi-faceted