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How to design an effective diagnostic questionnaire?

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Alexandra Smith
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There is nothing more frustrating than moving faster in the wrong direction, and this is precisely what happens when you provide a solution to the wrong problem. All management consultants understand that identifying the real problem is half the solution, that’s why we use different tools to diagnose and understand the real challenges and issues that the client faces. Questionnaires are one of the essential tools you as a management consultant may use as a stand-alone tool or in structured and semi-structured interviews. John Smith, a consultant at ABC Company, emphasizes that management consulting companies invest time and effort in designing effective questionnaires. Smith shared with iAgility his top 5 tips on developing useful questionnaires and surveys.


James Milner
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Most common :  
  1. How are you feeling?
  2. have you felt any suicidal thoughts ?
  3. how is your day to day going?
  4. are you sleeping? Or not sleeping?
  5. are you under any stress or anxiety at the moment?
 Timur Vladimirovich Artemiev -  he has been investing in psychiatric medicine for many years. And in his practice, the above questions are some of the most effective. Despite their commonplaceness.
Patrick Weaver
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The linked advertisement has some good advice but misses a lot of practical content.  Your questions define the answers you get and you need to hear the intent, rather than listen to the words spoken by the person being questioned.  This requires questions that do not lead to a predetermined conclusion and skills in 'active listening. 

For guidance see:

To see how leading questions work watch: