Journal article

Assessing knowledge of human papillomavirus and collecting data on sexual behavior: computer assisted telephone versus face to face interviews

Anthony Smith, Anthony Lyons, Marian Pitts, Samantha Croy, Richard Ryall, Suzanne Garland, Mee Lian Wong, Eng Hseon Tay

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2009


BACKGROUND: Education campaigns seeking to raise awareness of human papillomavirus (HPV) and promoting HPV vaccination depend on accurate surveys of public awareness and knowledge of HPV and related sexual behavior. However, the most recent population-based studies have relied largely on computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) as opposed to face to face interviews (FTFI). It is currently unknown how these survey modes differ, and in particular whether they attract similar demographics and therefore lead to similar overall findings. METHODS: A comprehensive survey of HPV awareness and knowledge, including sexual behavior, was conducted among 3,045 Singaporean men and women, half of whom..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) via an educational grant-in-aid to Suzanne Garland at the Department of Microbiology Infectious Diseases in the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Data collection was carried out by Joshua Research Consultants, a research organisation with experience in conducting community and health surveys in Singapore.