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Difficult-to-recruit respondents and their effect on prevalence estimates in an epidemiologic survey.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3812439     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Generous contact efforts were used to recruit 3,004 respondents into the first wave of the St. Louis Epidemiologic Catchment Area (ECA) project, a psychiatric epidemiologic study of the general population, conducted from 1981-1982. These efforts were analyzed to establish which sociodemographic characteristics or current psychiatric disorders were determinants of difficulty in recruitment. Being young, male, black, a nonrural resident, educated, and full-time employed were the demographic characteristics associated with increased contact efforts. Persons currently meeting criteria for an alcohol disorder required almost 20% more contact attempts than those without the disorder; this difficulty lay both in their being less available for an initial contact and refusing at a higher rate once contacted. An optimal recruitment effort cutoff point is provided, and a method is suggested for detecting that optimal point in the course of ongoing studies.
Authors:
L B Cottler; J F Zipp; L N Robins; E L Spitznagel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of epidemiology     Volume:  125     ISSN:  0002-9262     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Epidemiol.     Publication Date:  1987 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-02-24     Completed Date:  1987-02-24     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7910653     Medline TA:  Am J Epidemiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  329-39     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Aged
Catchment Area (Health)
Epidemiologic Methods
Female
Health Surveys
Humans
Male
Mental Disorders / epidemiology*,  psychology
Middle Aged
Missouri
Socioeconomic Factors
Urban Population
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
U01 MH 33870/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; U01 MH 33883/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; U01 MH 34224/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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