Journal article

Accurate sampling in general practice waiting room surveys: methodological issues

M Pirotta, J Gunn, D Harrison

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOC AUSTRALIA INC | Published : 2002

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This is a pilot study to test the validity of using one research assistant to train and support reception staff at five clinics to obtain waiting room data in general practice surveys. DESIGN: A research assistant trained reception staff at five randomly chosen general practices to administer a survey to all eligible women over a two-week period. Practices were audited daily by their appointment books and where possible by billing records to check total numbers of eligible women to determine the denominator of the sample. SETTING: Five metropolitan general practices in one divisional area. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-five receptionists distributed surveys to 1,298 women. MAIN OUTCOME ME..

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