Survey research and the silent majority.

J. B. Doron, S. M. Hirsch, G. Goldstein, P. Asen, M. E. Gallagher, T. M. O'Mahony

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


A survey conducted at the New York University Dental Center demonstrated that significant differences exist between patients who are ready participants in research efforts and those who require the more persistent attention of the researcher. In addition, patients who were questioned while in treatment emphasized different reasons for selecting a dental school for treatment than did those patients who were interviewed prior to beginning treatment. The importance of collecting data from a truly random sample of patients is stressed and elaborated with reference to the marketing implications of the results. Strategies for patient recruitment and retention require knowledge that is complete and does not suffer from systematic absences in the data base. Careful data collection methods are described and advocated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-676
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number13
StatePublished - Dec 1 1979


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)

Cite this

Doron, J. B., Hirsch, S. M., Goldstein, G., Asen, P., Gallagher, M. E., & O'Mahony, T. M. (1979). Survey research and the silent majority. Journal of dental education, 43(13), 671-676.