Journal article

Using Facebook to Improve Participation Among 25-Year-Olds Enrolled in a Longitudinal Preterm Birth Cohort Study

Anjali Haikerwal, Lex W Doyle, George Patton, John D Wark, Suzanne M Garland, Alice C Burnett, Jeanie LY Cheong



OBJECTIVE: Facebook is a popular social media platform used globally to keep connected and informed. The aims of this study were to determine the contribution of Facebook to the participation rate of young adults enrolled in a longitudinal cohort study, and to examine systematic differences in participants recruited through Facebook compared with those recruited through traditional methods. METHODS: Potential participants comprised 297 consecutive survivors born extremely preterm (<28 weeks' gestation) or extremely low birth weight (2499 g birth weight) controls who had participated previously in a prospective cohort study. At 25 years of age participants were approached initially via tradit..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

Supported by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (Centre of Research Excellence no. 1060733; no. 1153176; Project Grant no. 1104300; Career Development Fellowship no. 1141354 to Jeanie Cheong), and Operational Infrastructure Support Program from the State Government of Victoria, Australia. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the funding agencies. The funding sources had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; or decision to submit the manuscript for publication.