Journal article

Are disadvantaged children more likely to be excluded from analysis when applying global positioning systems inclusion criteria?

Suzanne Mavoa, Karen Lamb, David O'Sullivan, Karen Witten, Melody Smith

BMC Research Notes | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: When using global positioning systems (GPS) to assess an individual's exposure to their environment, a first step in data cleaning is to establish minimum GPS 'inclusion criteria' (a set of rules used to determine which GPS data are able to be included in analyses). Care is needed at this stage to avoid any data exclusion (data loss) systematically biasing results in terms of characteristics of the environment and participants. The extent of potential systematic bias in sample retention due to GPS data loss and application of GPS inclusion criteria is unknown. The aim of this study was to describe differences in sample size and socio-demographic characteristics of the retained sam..

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