Journal article

COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF RECRUITMENT METHODS IN A POPULATION-BASED EPIDEMIOLOGIC-STUDY - THE MELBOURNE VISUAL IMPAIRMENT PROJECT

PM LIVINGSTON, CS GUEST, A BATEMAN, N WOODCOCK, HR TAYLOR

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOC | Published : 1994

Abstract

The cost-effectiveness of five recruitment methods was evaluated to determine the best method of encouraging eligible persons to participate in the Melbourne Visual Impairment Project (a population-based epidemiological study). The evaluation was divided into two phases. Phase 1 included one of two types of initial contact, by direct personal contact or by telephone. Phase 2 involved recruiting residents after an attempt had been made by either the telephone or the doorstep approach, and included a second attempt by a field interviewer, subsequent attempts by senior field staff, and finally, financial incentives. The cost-effectiveness of each method was determined by dividing the approach's..

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