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Comparability of skin screening histories obtained by telephone interviews and mailed questionnaires: a randomized crossover study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15353421     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The comparability of information collected through telephone interviews and information collected through mailed questionnaires has not been well studied. As part of the first phase of a randomized controlled trial of population screening for melanoma in Queensland, Australia, the authors compared histories of skin examination reported in telephone interviews and self-administered mailed questionnaires. A total of 1,270 subjects each completed a telephone interview and a mailed questionnaire 1 month apart in 1999; 564 subjects received the interview first, and 706 received the mailed questionnaire first. Agreement between the two methods was 91.2% and 88.6% for whole-body skin examination by a physician in the last 12 months and the last 3 years, respectively, and 81.9% for whole-body skin self-examination in the last 12 months. Agreement was lower for "any" skin self-examination. Agreement between the two methods was similar regardless of whether the interview or the questionnaire was administered first. Missing data were less frequent for interviews (0.5%) than for mailed questionnaires (3.8%). Costs were estimated at A$9.55 (US$6.21) per completed interview and A$3.01 (US$1.96) per questionnaire. The similarity of results obtained using telephone interviews and mailed questionnaires, coupled with the substantially higher cost of telephone interviews, suggests that self-administered mailed questionnaires are an appropriate method of assessing this health behavior.
Joanne F Aitken; Philippa H Youl; Monika Janda; Mark Elwood; Ian T Ring; John B Lowe
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of epidemiology     Volume:  160     ISSN:  0002-9262     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Epidemiol.     Publication Date:  2004 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-09-08     Completed Date:  2004-10-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7910653     Medline TA:  Am J Epidemiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  598-604     Citation Subset:  IM    
Epidemiology Unit, Centre for Research in Cancer Control, Queensland Cancer Fund, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Correspondence as Topic*
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Cross-Over Studies
Cross-Sectional Studies
Data Collection / methods,  standards
Interviews as Topic / methods*,  standards
Logistic Models
Mass Screening / economics,  methods*,  utilization
Medical History Taking / methods*
Melanoma / diagnosis*
Middle Aged
Physical Examination / utilization
Questionnaires / economics,  standards*
Self-Examination / utilization
Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis*
Socioeconomic Factors
Telephone / economics,  standards*

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