Questions and Questionnaires
PRO-Diary Question Types and Questionnaire Options
The PRO-Diary software allows full configuration of your questions based upon eight basic question types. The software provides interactive feedback of the question as it will appear on the device and allows flexibility to edit and re-order the question content freely.
Create a question with up to eight answers, the example above has four possible answers…
Q. ‘How well did you sleep last night?’
A. ‘Very’, ‘Fairly well’, ‘Fairly badly’ or ‘Very badly’
Visual Analogue Scale (VAS)
Create a question where the answer is in continuous range from left to right, the example above is shown in Japanese…
Q. ‘How well did you sleep last night?’
A. A continuous line from ‘Good’ to ‘Badly’
List or Menu
Create a question with a list of answers like a menu, the example above has six possible answers…
Q. ‘Which do you find disturbs your sleep at night?’
A. ‘Partner’, ‘Stress’, ‘Light’, ‘Children’, ‘Noise’, or ‘Caffeine’
Enter a Number
Create a question where the subject uses the slider to increase or decrease a number, the example above allows entry of weight in kg…
Q. ‘What is your weight in kilograms?’
Enter a Time
Ask the subject to enter a time, the subject uses the slider to adjust the time. In the example above, the subject is asked to enter their wake time…
Q. ‘What time did you wake up this morning?
The subject is provided with a message which requires no response, e.g. a medication reminder. The example above reminds the subject to not drink caffeine at a certain time…
‘Please remember not to drink any caffeine for at least 4 hours before going to bed.’
Ask the subject to enter a question, the subject uses the slider to enter any free text an an answer. In the example above, the subject is asked how tired they are…
Q. ‘How tired are you right now?’
The subject can choose a point from a scale with up to 8 points with a text description for each point. The example above shows an answer on a 1 to 7 point scale with 1 being ‘Very awake’…
Q. ‘How sleepy are you right now on a scale of 1 -7 with 4 being neither tired nor awake?’
A. ‘7 point Likert scale from very awake to very tired.’
A questionnaire can simply be a list of questions, in the order they should be asked. The user will be asked the question at the top of the list first, and proceed down the list one by one. This is all that is required if the user should be asked all of the questions every time.
The software allows simple questionnaires to be designed for the PRO-Diary by dragging and dropping questions from the available list a into the questionnaire list. The questions can be placed directly where they are wanted in the sequence, or reordered later by dragging them up or down the list. To remove a question, simply drag it back onto the available list below.
It is also possible to design questionnaires with more complex sequencing once the ‘advanced mode’ of the questionnaire editor is enabled. The question sequence may then be modified by the user’s answers to a multiple choice question. In this case, each alternative answer to the that question may have a different following question number attached to it. This allows a ‘detail’ section to be skipped if it is not relevant. For example, the question may ask ‘Have you experienced any pain today?’ – if the answer is ‘Yes’, we may ask further questions relating to the pain, if the answer is ‘No’ we skip those questions and continue.
Additionally it is possible to configure the questionnaire to randomly order the questions to avoid the subject becoming fatigued or ‘learning’ to answer the questions in the order prompted.
A schedule is a list of schedule entries, each with a time and day that tell the diary to do something at that time. These can prompt the user, or simply make available a user-requested questionnaire during a given period. They can also apply to, for example, ‘every Tuesday’ or ‘every weekday’ rather than a specific day.
Schedules can also include follow-up questions, so for example the wearer can be asked about any pain experienced at 15 minute intervals after taking their prescribed drugs.
Schedules can also be set to prompt randomly between specific times of day and also to allow ‘on-demand’ questionnaires where the user decides when to answer the questions.
The Diary can be set to always remain ‘off’ during the night time sleep period.