Published Papers - Abstract 167

Powers JR & Young AF. Beware mixing mail and telephone administration of surveys. Australian Epidemiologist, 2003; 10(2): 41-44

Abstract: The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) provided an opportunity to describe differences in mail and telephone responses to questions about self-rated health for the same individuals who responded on two occasions two years apart. Whilst telephone reminders may be a useful method to improve response rates to mailed surveys, responses to telephone surveys are likely to differ from those obtained by mail. Differences were demonstrated in SF-36 subscale scores provided by mail and telephone for the same individuals. (non- author abstract).