Track and Monitor Patient Health with Surveys

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When you practice medicine, you only get a snapshot of your patients’ overall health habits the few times a year they come to your clinic.

And that’s unfortunate—because how patients take care of themselves over the weeks and months you aren’t able to see them impacts their overall well-being. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a better method of monitoring patient health year-round?

In a study we conducted, only one-third of senior-level healthcare professionals reported that they use surveys to monitor patient diet and health habits—despite the fact that 86% of patients say they fill out the healthcare surveys their providers send to them. Since patients are willing to take your surveys, stay in touch with them throughout the year to give them the treatment they deserve, and the data control your healthcare organization needs.

How to use surveys to track patient health

Check up on patients and monitor patient health with our sample patient tracking surveys, written by our survey scientists. For example, if you put one of your patients on a new exercise and diet regimen to lower their cholesterol, you can monitor how well the patient is doing by sending them a diet and exercise survey every few months. Here are more ways health monitoring surveys can keep patients happy, healthy, and loyal to you.

We even offer example CAHPS® and AHRQ® surveys, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which are designed to help you improve patient care and standardize how you monitor patient progress.

Ways to use surveys to monitor patient health

There are lots of ways to use example health and fitness questionnaires to track patient wellness. Ask sample healthcare survey questions to get at important patient health information.

Track diet and exercise habits
The food people eat and the amount they exercise can have a dramatic impact on their health. When you’re unable to physically see patients on a frequent basis, keep track of any diet and exercise changes—and promote healthy living—by having them fill out a diet and exercise questionnaire. You can even ask patients to enter in the data from their fitness tracker or wearable device (e.g., Fitbit, Jawbone) to make it even easier to get a sense of how active patients are throughout the day.

Monitor patient prescriptions
If you’ve prescribed medications to your patients, you may be concerned about adverse effects or dose adjustments. Check in with patients by sending them an online healthcare poll with questions on how they’re feeling. You can even ask them to send you the names of new drugs other doctors have prescribed so you can keep an updated list of patient medications.

Find out if your patients are at-risk for secondhand smoke
Smoking has been linked to numerous health problems, and certain patients may have sensitivities to second-hand smoke. Use our sample smoking habits survey template if you want to find out if the patient smokes, if the patient lives with smokers, and if a patient has a history of tobacco use.

Ask sensitive questions about personal hygiene
As a medical provider, knowing your patients’ personal hygiene habits can shed light on health or dental problems they may be having. However, patients may feel embarrassed to talk about their routines in person, so give them a confidential format to submit their information. Find out if they wash their hands frequently, if they use hand sanitizer, and how often they bathe and brush their teeth with an example hygiene questionnaire template.

Monitoring patient health is secure and convenient with SurveyMonkey

Our online healthcare surveys give patients a secure, convenient way to convey information to you from the comfort of their own home. HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requires strict compliance for patient data privacy. The law mandates adherence to regulations that were set up to protect healthcare information. And SurveyMonkey is HIPAA-compliant, so you can rest assured that information you collect online from your patients meets the law’s requirements.

SurveyMonkey offers many options for healthcare pros

Tracking patient health is just one way that SurveyMonkey can help you monitor patient health and keep up with your patients when they’re not able to come to your office or clinic. Here are a few ways you can improve your medical organization with example healthcare survey questions:

Employee and staff management
Treating and keeping up with patients alone is a full-time job, but if you’re in charge of a health clinic, you also have the extra work of making sure your staff work well together, and that they’re satisfied with their work environment. Do you know if your employees are happy at the workplace? Are there concerns that they’re not communicating? Use a healthcare employee engagement survey to find out.

Use surveys to conduct medical research
Medical research is a critical component for healthcare providers. For example, you may want to reach out to other medical industry colleagues to learn if a specific drug treatment is working, or you may want to compare the habits of one population to a different population so you can conduct research on environmental variables.

If you’re looking for a tool to make medical research easier, make sure you check out SurveyMonkey Audience. With the Audience tool, you’ll have access to more than 3 million deeply-profiled survey participants who are ready to take your survey.

Tools for insurance providers
As an insurance provider, you need to understand how patients use their plan, and if they understand their coverage so that you can enhance communication and refine the tools that your clients access. Whether you provide dental insurance or healthcare coverage, use a sample insurance survey to understand how well you’re meeting patients’ needs and find out how you can improve how you communicate with healthcare providers.

Use an example healthcare survey template to track patient health

Tracking and monitoring patient health is easy when you use one of our sample healthcare survey templates. Check out some of our sample healthcare templates below:

Post-Visit Patient Satisfaction Template

Diet & Exercise Template

Height & Weight Template

Personal Hygiene Template

Smoking Template

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3 quick tips to improve survey response rates

Here are some ideas to ensure that respondents will answer your surveys.

1. Be quick

If your survey is short and sweet, there's a greater chance that more respondents will complete it.

2. Offer incentives

Little incentives like small discount or an entry into a drawing can help ensure respondents complete your survey.

3. Buy a targeted audience

With SurveyMonkey Audience, you can purchase access to an audience who meets specific demographic criteria for your survey. It's a great way to get targeted responses from a specific group.

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