A gate survey question is one that determines whether or not to display additional questions based on the patient’s response. Gate questions can be used to omit questions that aren’t applicable to the patient, or to gather additional detail around a specific procedure or aspect of care.

For example, anesthesia clients may ask patients Was this procedure a part of the labor and delivery process? If the patient responds with Yes, additional labor-specific questions will display; if the patient responds with No, those questions remain hidden.

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