GF gfrer at
Mon Jun 5 05:05:51 EDT 2017


A few of generic ideas around the question-answer pair.

There are several kinds of question-answer pairs:
- The general generic pattern is the pair: question - answer;
- The questionnaire can be one or more question-answer pairs;
- The questions can be locally defined or regionally, nationally, internationally used;
- Answers can be free text, quantitative (number, code), semi-quantitative (derived from a categorised set of possible answers using inclusion and exclusion criteria) or qualitative (present, not present);
- Answers can be aggregated by means of category, mathematical formula.

This list of kinds of questionnaires ranges from simple to very complex patterns.
Some are simple statements others are very complex scales and questionnaires in between.
They are all variations on a theme.
Any answer can expressed in the in-line local form and/or with a reference to an external source.

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> On 5 Jun 2017, at 07:59, Grahame Grieve <grahame at> wrote:
> hi Heather
> > A generic question/answer pattern is next to useless - interoperability is really not helped
> I think you should rather say "A generic question/answer pattern is only useful for exchanging the questions and answers, and does not allow re-use of data". This is not 'next to useless for interoperability', just not fit for any wider purpose
> Grahame

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