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Reproducibility and validity of a postal questionnaire. The abdominal symptom study.
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PMID:  8146509     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To find out whether it is possible to examine abdominal/gastrointestinal symptoms by a postal questionnaire. DESIGN: In the Abdominal Symptom Study a postal questionnaire was sent to a representative sample of adults (n = 1290) on two occasions, one year apart. The questionnaire was sent a third time to a subsample (n = 110), and to another sample (n = 213) who had not seen the questionnaire before. A subsample (n = 150 of the 1290) was subjected to a medical interview and examination. SETTING: The municipality of Osthammar, Sweden. PARTICIPANTS: A sample (9.3%) of all Swedish citizens (20-79 yrs) in the municipality. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Reproducibility and validity of a postal questionnaire. RESULTS: The response rate was 90%. Roughly 50% of the study population reported abdominal symptoms. The reproducibility of the results was satisfactory, as was the validity of the questionnaire evaluated by medical interview and examination. Non-responders did not report more symptoms than responders. CONCLUSION: It is possible to examine abdominal/gastrointestinal symptoms with a postal questionnaire. The questionnaire used in The Abdominal Symptom Study seems to be useful for this purpose.
L Agr?us; K Sv?rdsudd; O Nyr?n; G Tibblin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of primary health care     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0281-3432     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Prim Health Care     Publication Date:  1993 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-05-05     Completed Date:  1994-05-05     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510679     Medline TA:  Scand J Prim Health Care     Country:  NORWAY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  252-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Uppsala University, Department of Family Medicine, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Abdominal Pain / diagnosis*,  epidemiology*
Gastrointestinal Diseases / diagnosis*,  epidemiology*
Medical History Taking
Physical Examination
Population Surveillance / methods*
Questionnaires / standards*
Reproducibility of Results
Sampling Studies
Sensitivity and Specificity
Sweden / epidemiology

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