Survey Research in Bioethics

G. Caleb Alexander, Matthew K. Wynia

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Scopus citations


Surveys about ethically important topics, when successfully conducted and analyzed, can offer important contributions to bioethics and, more broadly, to health policy and clinical care. But there is a dynamic interplay between the quantitative nature of surveys and the normative theories that survey data challenge and inform. Careful attention to the development of an appropriate research question and survey design can be the difference between an important study that makes fundamental contributions and one that is perceived as irrelevant to ethical analysis, health policy, or clinical practice. This chapter presents ways to enhance the rigor and relevance of surveys in bioethics through careful planning and attentiveness in survey development, fielding, and analysis and presentation of data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmpirical Methods for Bioethics
Subtitle of host publicationA Primer
EditorsLiva Jacoby, Laura Siminoff
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Bioethics
ISSN (Print)1479-3709

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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