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Use of postal or online surveys by Australian women: a longitudinal study of users, devices and cohort retention.


To reduce costs and improve data quality, participants in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, who had responded to regular surveys since 1996, were offered a choice of completing surveys using mailed questionnaires or web-based electronic questionnaires, starting in 2012. We will examine women's mode of survey completion in successive surveys: surveys 6 and 7 for women in the 2-1973-78 cohort and surveys 7 and 8 for women in the 1946-51 cohort. Additionally we will compare the socio-demographic characteristics, health behaviours and health of women who use postal and online modes of completion.