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Some questionnaires repeat question numbering from section to section. In order to construct unique labels for the elements of the questionnaire a section identifier needs to be added to the labels. If the section identifier in the questionnaire is numeric, an ‘s’ is added before the section number in the label. If the section identifier contains text only, i.e. no number or letter, then the label is made up of the section name (all lower case and words run together) followed by an underscore and the question reference.

Numeric section identifiers

Question numbering in a questionnaire may include a numeric section identifier followed by numeric question number.  To facilitate question reference clarity, for elements where the question reference is collapsed in the label (loops, conditions, statements), the letter ‘s’ is added before the section reference in the label and a ‘q’ before the question reference. For example, the label for a statement related to question 1.1 would be entered s_s1q1. Without the ‘s’ and ‘q’, the statement label for question 1.1, which would then be entered as s_11, could be interpreted as a statement related to question 11.

For most elements where the question reference is not collapsed (question components, question items, question grids), an ‘s’ is added before the section reference in the label. A ‘q’ is not added before the question reference. So the question item label for question 1.1 would be entered as qi_s1_1.

For code lists, even though the question reference is not collapsed in the label, a 'q' is added before the question number. The label for the code list for question 1.1 would therefore be cs_s1_q1.

 

Example 1 Questionnaire:

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BCS Student Self-Completion Health Questionnaire

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1986

Questionnaire layout:

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Label construction:

Question

Element

Label

Related Text

1.6

Question component/item

qc/qi_s1_6

Have you felt anxious/depressed/unhappy for more than a day during the past 12 months?

 

Code list

cs_YES_NO_DK

YES; NO; DON’T KNOW

 

Condition

c_s1q6

If YES, please answer 6(a), 6(b), 6(c), 6(d) and 6(e).

1.6a

Question component/item

qc/qi_s1_6_a

Why did you feel like this? Describe your feelings

 

Text answer

Long text

 

1.6b

Question component/item

qc/qi_s1_6_b

How often have you felt like this in the past 12 months?

 

Code list

cs_s1_q6_b

Most of the time; Often; Some of the time; Occasionally only

1.6c

Question component/item

qc/qi_s1_6_c

Have you been seen by a doctor?

 

Code list

cs_YES_NO

YES; NO

 

Condition

c_s1q6c

If YES,

1.6d

Question component/item

qc/qi_s1_6_d

Who was it?

 

Text answer

Generic text

 

1.6e

Question component/item

qc/qi_s1_6_e

What did he/she tell you was the matter?

 

Text answer

Generic text

 

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Example 2

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Questionnaire: BCS Student Self-Completion Health Questionnaire

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1986

Questionnaire layout:

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Label construction:

Question

Element

Label

Related Text

1.9

Question component/item

qc/qi_s1_9

Have you in the past 4 weeks taken any medicine/ tablets/medicinal product (a) prescribed by your doctor, (b) got direct from the chemist/supermarket and (c) got from other source?

 

Code list

cs_s1_q9

YES, prescribed by my doctor; YES, something bought over the counter; YES, got from other source; NO, not to my knowledge; UNCERTAIN

 

Condition

c_s1q9

If YES, please answer 9(a)

1.9a

Question component/grid

qc/qg_s1_9_a

Please list all medicines, tablets, medicinal products etc. you have bought/taken/been prescribed in past 4 weeks Tell us for each one where you got them, the reason, the name and brand, and how/often/many you took.

 

Code list grid Y-axis

cs_s1_q9_a_Y

First medicine, tablet etc.; 2nd medicine, tablet etc.; 3rd medicine, tablet etc.

 

Text answer

Generic text

How often have you felt like this in the past 12 months?

 

Statement

s_s1q9a

Please continue on page 2 if necessary

 

Example 3 Questionnaire: SWS 12 Month Infancy Questionnaire

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Questionnaire layout:

 Image Modified

 

Label construction:

Question

Element

Label

Related Text

1.1

Question component/item

qc/qi_s1_1

Was he/she breast fed after the age of 6 months?

 

Code list

cs_No_Yes

No; Yes

 

*Condition

c_s1q1_i

No; go to 1.10

1.2

Question component/item

qc/qi_s1_2

Are you still breast feeding?

 

Code list

cs_No_yes

No; Yes

 

Condition

c_s1q2_i

Yes

1.3

Question component/item

qc/qi_s1_3

*What is the main reason for continuing to breast feed?

 

Code list

cs_s1_q3

Enjoyment; Best for baby / prevention of allergies; Cheaper; Baby prefers it or refuses other feeds; Convenience; Any other / multiple reasons, e.g. help lose weight, so sleeps through night

 

Statement

s_s1q3

go to 1.5

1.2

Condition

c_s1q2_ii

No; go to 1.4

1.4

Question component/item

qc/qi_s1_4_i

How old was your baby when he/she last had a beast feed?

 

Numeric answer

Months

mths

 

Numeric answer

Weeks in month

wks

 

Numeric answer

Days in week

days

 

Question component/item

qc/qi_s1_4_ii

or On what date did he/she last have a breast feed?

 

Datetime answer

Generic Date

 

 

Statement

s_s1q4

If not breast fed in past 4 wks go to 1.9

* Note: Condition c_s1q1_ii occurs later in the questionnaire and therefore isn't part of the example.

Text only section identifiers

In questionnaires where question numbering repeats, and section headings do not contain an identifying number or letter, the name of the section needs to be added to the labels for the various elements. The label is made up of the section name (all lower case and words run together) followed by an underscore and the question reference.

 

Example 4 Questionnaire:

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NCDS Interview Health section

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1981

Questionnaire layout:

Image Modified

 

Label construction:

Question

Element

Label

Related Text

 

Sequence

HEALTH

HEALTH

 

Statement

s_health_i

 I want to talk now about your health.

Q.1

Question component/item

qc/qi_health_1

How would you describe your health generally? Would you say it is ... READ OUT ...

 

Code list

cs_health_q1

excellent; good; fair; or poor?; (Don't know)

Q.2

Question component/item

qc/qi_health_2

Can I just check, do you have any longstanding illness, disability or infirmity which limits your activities in any way compared with people of your own age?

 

Code list

cs_Yes_No_Dk

 Yes; No; Don't know

 

Condition

c_health_q2

Yes; ASK Q.3

Q.3

Question component/item

qc/qi_health_3

What is it? PROBE FOR: Name of condition. IF NOT KNOWN, OR UNCLEAR, PROBE FOR DESCRIPTION OF CONDITION.

 

Text answer

Long text