Journal article

Randomised controlled trial of paper, online and SMS diaries for collecting sexual behaviour information from young people

Megan SC Lim, Rachel Sacks-Davis, Campbell K Aitken, Jane S Hocking, Margaret E Hellard

JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Diaries are used in sexual behaviour research to reduce recall bias. Diary collection via mobile phone text messaging (SMS) has not been trialled previously in sexual behaviour research. This randomised controlled trial compared SMS, paper and online diaries on response rate, timeliness, completeness of data and acceptability. The correlation between behaviour reported in all three types of diaries and data collected in a retrospective questionnaire was also determined. METHODS: Participants were recruited by telephone and randomised into one of three groups. They completed weekly sexual behaviour diaries for 3 months by SMS, online or paper (by post). An online survey was conduc..

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