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Table 1 Examples of items personalized in our survey questionnaire showing extent of personalization required to generate n = 285 unique questionnaires

From: Mail merge can be used to create personalized questionnaires in complex surveys

Type of information Generic wording Personalized wording (based on target study publication) Total number of unique fields
Study title, journal, and year of publication Your study was randomly selected for this survey Your study (A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Effect of a Handwashing-Promotion Program in Chinese Primary Schools,) published in [Am J Trop Med Hyg (2007)] was randomly selected for this survey 285
Research ethics approval Did you seek ethics approval to conduct the study? [Our review of your paper indicates that research ethics approval was (sought) (not sought) to conduct the study. Is this correct?] 2
Type of committee How many ethics committees did you approach? How many [institutional review boards (IRBs)] [Research Ethics Boards (REBs)] [Research Ethics Committees (RECs)…] did you approach? 13
Study permission Did one or more gatekeepers provide agreement or consent to the clusters’ involvement in your study? Did any (school principals or school district administrators) provide agreement or consent to the involvement of (schools) in your study? 93
Any other permission Did you seek approval from anyone else to conduct the study? Did you seek approval from anyone else, such as: (Ministry of Education, Department of Public Health, or school advisory board,) to conduct the study? 16
Unit of randomization Was consent sought before randomization of clusters? Was consent sought before randomization of (schools)? 138
Cluster level participants Did cluster-level participants in the intervention arm provide consent? Did (the teachers) in your intervention arm consent to receiving the study interventions? 98
Individual level participants Did individual level participants provide consent? Did (parents or guardians of students) consent to the collection of data in your study? 113