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Surveys are not simple: beware of the pitfalls
  1. Philip D Welsby1,
  2. Mark Weatherall2,3
  1. 1Retired, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand
  3. 3Capital and Coast District Health Board, Wellington, New Zealand
  1. Correspondence to Dr Philip D Welsby, Retired, Edinburgh, UK; philipwelsby{at}


Surveys are quick and easy to produce. This paper outlines some of the many problems that should be anticipated.

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  • PDW and MW contributed equally.

  • Contributors We both contributed equally to all aspects.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.