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Health care blogger survey

I got this request the other day and finally decided to take the survey that it asked me to. It was relatively painless and it might gather useful information (although obviously it’s not a scientific survey); so I thought I’d help publicize it. If you’re a health care/ medical blogger, this survey is looking for you.

This poll is co-produced by Envision Solutions and The Medical Blog Network (TMBN).

WHY WE ARE CONDUCTING THIS SURVEY

Over the past few years, the healthcare blogosphere has grown in size and importance. This means that more people are blogging about medical issues, healthcare economics, policy and other topics. While we have a general idea of who is blogging about healthcare and why, we don’t know nearly enough. We produced this survey to increase understanding of the shape and size of the healthcare blogosphere. It will take you about 10 minutes to complete this poll.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

We can’t get a better understanding of the healthcare blogosphere without your help. We need as many healthcare bloggers (those devoting at least 30% of their blogging time to healthcare) to take the survey so that we can make valid conclusions about the size and shape of this growing part of the global blogging community.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU

The first benefit of participation is increased knowledge. You will help your fellow bloggers better understand who is blogging about healthcare and why they are doing it. More knowledge will benefit everyone who cares about the healthcare blogosphere.

We are also providing survey participants with the opportunity to opt-in to receive one or more of the following incentives:

1. All respondents will have the opportunity to opt-in to receive a free report on the results of this survey.

2. Envision Solutions and TMBN will randomly select the e-mail addresses of ten (10) respondents to receive a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate after the survey closes in the fall. (Non-US winners will receive a gift certificate in their native currency.)

3. We will also randomly select the e-mail addresses of five (5) respondents who will be profiled in the report outlining the survey results.

WHEN THE SURVEY WILL CLOSE

We plan to run this survey until September 29, 2006. We feel this will allow plenty of time to get the word out about the survey and collect responses. We need your help to make valid conclusions about the healthcare blogosphere. Please, tell your fellow healthcare bloggers about the survey and encourage them to participate. More responses = a stronger survey.

Bloggers, Journalists, Others: If you are going to be writing about the survey, please consider using our Web-ready logo (with the link to the survey) in online articles and blog posts about the study. View and download the logo by clicking here.

We plan to field this survey again in the future to track changes in the global healthcare blogosphere.

PRIVACY POLICY

We value and respect your privacy. We will never:

– Sell or redistribute your e-mail address

– Contact you about non survey-related issues without your express permission.

Your responses are strictly confidential and will only be used to analyze data collected in this poll.

We have developed a comprehensive privacy policy. Please click here to read it.

RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT

We plan to announce the preliminary results of this study in late fall. We will present the full results at the 2006 Healthcare Blogging Summit taking place in Washington, DC on December 11, 2006.

This survey seemed geared towards more “conventional” medical bloggers, and a fair number of the questions didn’t really apply very closely to me. However, many did. the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Click below to start the survey:

Click logo to be directed to the survey

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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