Journal article

Predictors of refusal to participate: a longitudinal health survey of the elderly in Australia

PA Jacomb, AF Jorm, AE Korten, H Christensen, AS Henderson

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The loss of participants in longitudinal studies due to non-contact, refusal or death can introduce bias into the results of such studies. The study described here examines reasons for refusal over three waves of a survey of persons aged >or=70 years. METHODS: In a longitudinal study involving three waves, participants were compared to those who refused to participate but allowed an informant to be interviewed and to those who refused any participation. RESULTS: At Wave 1 both groups of Wave 2 non-participants had reported lower occupational status and fewer years of education, had achieved lower verbal IQ scores and cognitive performance scores and experienced some distress from..

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