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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 48 (2006) 6, 445 - 451

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Survey among readers of the Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie

J.C. Brandt-Dominicus, P.N. van Harten

background The editorial board has defined the objectives of this journal as follows: to provide its readers with refreshing information, to report the results of scientific research and to build bridges between research and everyday practice.
aim To find out what readers want and whether they support the board's objectives, and to use this information in planning the contents of future issues of the journal.
method All readers were invited to complete a questionnaire either on paper or via the website.
results Questionnaires were completed by 255 readers (response rate 5.7%). The average rating on a 5-point Likert scale was 3.8. Thematic issues and issues devoted to book reviews were given a high rating. There seems to be a demand for evidence-based medicine, the inclusion of scientific results reported in other journals and practice-based articles. No significant differences were found between the views expressed by readers who had previously submitted an article for publication and those who had not, nor between Flemish readers and Dutch readers. The website was not visited very often.
conclusion The Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie is greatly appreciated by its readers. They are largely in agreement with the objectives formulated by the editorial board. Thematic issues are highly rated and many subjects are mentioned by the readers for future issues. The low response to the survey can affect its representativity. The editorial board will take readers' wishes into consideration when selecting material for future issues of the journal.

keywords questionnaire, readers