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Labour-saving strategies to maintain survey response rates: a randomised trial


Ward, J and Bruce, T and D'Este, K and Holt, P and Sladden, M, Labour-saving strategies to maintain survey response rates: a randomised trial, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 22, (3) pp. 394-396. ISSN 1326-0200 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-842X.1998.tb01398.x


To evaluate response-aiding strategies feasible in large surveys, we randomly allocated general practitioners (GPs) to one of four intervention groups: Group 1 received 'exhaustive' telephone prompts by a medical peer in advance of a questionnaire; Group 2, inclusion of an embossed pen with the questionnaire; Group 3, an advance letter prompt; and Group 4, a 'single attempt' advance telephone prompt by a non-medical research assistant. Follow-up procedures were identical. Response rates by group were not significantly different overall (χ(2=) 4.59, df = 3, p = 0.20) although advance prompts by a medical peer were significantly more effective than other strategies for male GPs. The difference in overall response rates between males (63%) and females (74%) was significant (χ(2=) 15.40, df = 1, p < 0.01). No other response bias was evident. Our demonstration of a significant interaction between respondent sex and response-aiding strategy invites further research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Sladden, M (Dr Michael Sladden)
ID Code:15651
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:35
Deposited By:General Practice
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-22

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