The Survey Research Center is dedicated to conducting high quality survey research in partnerships with university and hospital-based faculty and administrators, state and local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. As part of the School of Public Health, the Survey Research Center can offer a specific expertise in medical and public health research including methodological and applied studies related to health- and social service-related survey research. The Survey Research Center can also provide expert assistance on data collection methods for members of the Rhode Island community such as non-profit organizations wanting to conduct their own surveys such as health-related needs assessments. Examples of projects in which the Survey Research Center was involved:

  • Variations in Health Needs of Breast Cancer Survivors: [PI: Ulrike Boehmer, PhD, Boston University, Funder: American Cancer Institute] Telephone survey of quality of life and care experiences of 1170 breast cancer survivors and persons who support them.
  • Shaping Long-Term Care in America: [PI: Vincent Mor, PhD, Brown University, Funder: National Institutes of Health] Mixed-method (mail, internet, telephone) survey of attitudes and practices of 4379 long-term care providers; and mixed-method (mail and telephone) survey of state officials about long-term care policies.
  • The New England Family Study: Fifty Year Post-Perinatal Follow-up for Life Course Effects on Aging: [PI: Erick Loucks, PhD, Brown University, Stephen Buka, PhD, Brown University, and Charles Eaton, MD, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Funder: National Institutes of Health] Recruitment of 400 adults about early life determinants of adult health and aging.
  • Social Networks and Care Planning for Women with Cancer: [PI: Melissa Clark, PhD, Funder: National Institutes of Health] In-person interviews with 200 women with metastatic or recurrent breast or gynecologic cancer about their medical decision-making and the people who have been involved in supporting them during their cancer diagnosis.
  • Regular Mammography Screening: The Realities for Women with Disabilities: [PI: Melissa Clark, PhD, Funder: Susan G. Komen Foundation]: Telephone interviews of 200 women with and without disabilities about their experiences with mammography adherence.
  • Comprehensive Cancer Screening among Unmarried Women: [PI: Melissa Clark, PhD, Funder: National Institutes of Health] Randomized trial of three modes of collecting data [self-administered mailed questionnaire, computer-assisted telephone interview, computer-assisted self-interview] among 600 heterosexual and sexual minority women about their experiences with breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening.
  • Methods for Analysis of Decision Related Communication in Outpatient Care: [PI: Ira Wilson, MD and M. Barton Laws, PhD, Funder: PCORI] Participant tracking system for study of [placeholder]
  • Improving the Self-Report of Medication Adherence Problems in HIV: [PI: Ira Wilson, MD, Funder: National Institutes of Health] Mixed method (self-administered mailed questionnaire and computer-assisted telephone interview) survey of [placeholder]
  • Evidence 2 Success: [PI: Richard Catalano, PhD, University of Washington, Funder: Annie E. Casey Foundation] Household-based listing, enumeration, and in-person interviews of 1600 parents of young children in Providence, RI neighborhoods.
  • Initiation and Progression through Early Drinking Milestones in Underage Drinkers [PI: Kristina Jackson, PhD, Brown University, Funder: National Institutes of Health]: Completed telephone follow-up reminders for a study of adolescents and their parents/guardians regarding alcohol use and other high risk behaviors.
  • Family Evaluation of Hospice Care: [PI: Joan Teno, MD, Brown University; Funder: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality] Evaluation of hospice experiences through telephone and self-administered surveys of caregivers.
  • Neighborhood Characteristics, Health and Health Services: [PI: Patrick Vivier, MD, PhD, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Brown University, Funder: Dupont Healthy Communities Initiative] Longitudinal study of effects of physical and social environment on the use of health services of mothers and children; data collection involved in-person recruitment of 1030 women 1-2 days post-partum followed by telephone interviews at 7 and 13 months post-partum.
  • The Brown/Hasbro Healthy Communities Initiative: [PI: Patrick Vivier, MD, PhD, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Brown University, Funder: Dupont Healthy Communities Initiative] In-person survey of approximately 400 parents/guardians of children 0-12 years of age regarding factors affecting health status and health services of children; participants recruited through a low-income ambulatory care clinic.
  • The Rhode Island Persian Gulf War State Survey of Gulf War Veterans: [PI: Brig. General Richard Valente; Funder: Rhode Island Persian Gulf War Information and Relief Commission] Mailed survey of the health needs of Gulf War Veterans in Rhode Island.
  • Needs Assessment Survey of Community-Dwelling Elders on Medicaid: [PI: Susan Allen, PhD, Brown University, Funder: Electronic Data Systems Corporation] Telephone interviews of health needs of more than 600 community dwelling seniors in the Rhode Island State Medicaid program.
  • A Computer Adaptive Test to Measure Community Reintegration: [PI: Linda Resnik, PhD, Brown University and Veterans Administration; Funder: Veterans Administration] Development of a computer-assisted personal interview and participant tracking system for a field study of approximately 500 homeless, employed, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans.