open-ended question

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open-ended question

a type of question in a QUESTIONNAIRE in which the respondent's choice of answer is not prestructured but left entirely free. Analysis of open-ended questions is obviously less straightforward than for FIXED-CHOICE QUESTIONS, which can be pre-coded. However, open-ended questions have the advantage, of not imposing a frame of reference on respondents (see MEASUREMENT BY FIAT).

For this reason they may be preferred to fixed choice questions in some contexts and by some researchers (e.g. as an adjunct to PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION or in the early exploratory stages of research), and can be used alongside fixed-choice questions as appropriate. see also SOCIAL SURVEY.

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For assessing the barriers and facilitators related to organ donation a questionnaire with a total of 18 items (9 items each) was prepared in the form of closed ended question i.
Total quality of the developed package was evaluated by administrating a separate schedule containing open and closed ended question.
The questionnaire, consisting of 22 closed ended question was adopted from health related literature.