Need a survey instrument


Hello! I am working on my research project and running out of time. I need to find a survey instrument that has been measured for reliability and validity and have not been able to find a relevant study to ask its authors to use it.

My project is focused on nursing students' attitudes about aromatherapy--do they think it's safe and effective, should be used in clinical practice, is success with it just placebo-effect, would they like to be more educated about it, etc.

Can anyone point me in the right direction to find an attitude measurement tool or know of a study that focuses on how health care professionals feel about the safety and effectiveness of any particular therapy?


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Are you searching for a questionnaire that you can use to collect your own data regarding nursing students and their feelings about aromatherapy? If so, be aware that it's likely such a survey does not exist, especially not one that has been tested for reliability and validity. It's quite difficult to create a very reliable survey, and you're searching for a very specific topic. Aromatherapy is not a very highly researched topic, especially when related to nursing students. Rather than searching for a survey instrument related to the topic that you've chosen, it's much easier to find an already tested instrument, (the Braden Scale for assessing pressure ulcer risk comes to mind) and then do your research around that topic.

If it's too late to change topics, here is a link that includes some resources for finding survey instruments. You might find it useful.

Search for Tests - Finding Research Instruments, Surveys, and Tests - LibGuides at Indiana State University

You might also find it more useful to search for a broader survey tool, such as one designed to assess attitudes about alternative therapies in general that you can adapt to aromatherapy.

Also keep in mind that if you are planning to use the instrument for your own research study, then you'll likely have to obtain permission from the creator of the instrument or purchase the survey.

Are you searching for other studies that have been done regarding aromatherapy? If so, I suggest you use a professional search engine such as Google Scholar, Cochrane, or ebscohost. Here's a link to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

The National Association For Holistic Aromatherapy


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Thank you so much for your help! I kept working at it and finally figured things out. It was too late to change the topic to something more researched, but things worked out alright. I appreciate your help so much!!!