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Inclusion of mobile phone numbers into an ongoing population health survey in New South Wales, Australia: design, methods, call outcomes, costs and sample representativeness

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Abstract


  • Background: In Australia telephone surveys have been the method of choice for ongoing jurisdictional population health surveys. Although it was estimated in 2011 that nearly 20% of the Australian population were mobile-only phone users, the inclusion of mobile phone numbers into these existing landline population health surveys has not occurred. This paper describes the methods used for the inclusion of mobile phone numbers into an existing ongoing landline random digit dialling (RDD) health survey in an Australian state, the New South Wales Population Health Survey (NSWPHS). This paper also compares the call outcomes, costs and the representativeness of the resultant sample to that of the previous landline sample.

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  • 2012

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  • Barr, M., Van Ritten, J. J., Steel, D. G. & Thackway, S. V. (2012). Inclusion of mobile phone numbers into an ongoing population health survey in New South Wales, Australia: design, methods, call outcomes, costs and sample representativeness. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 12 (177), 1-9.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1215&context=eispapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/210

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 9

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 177

Abstract


  • Background: In Australia telephone surveys have been the method of choice for ongoing jurisdictional population health surveys. Although it was estimated in 2011 that nearly 20% of the Australian population were mobile-only phone users, the inclusion of mobile phone numbers into these existing landline population health surveys has not occurred. This paper describes the methods used for the inclusion of mobile phone numbers into an existing ongoing landline random digit dialling (RDD) health survey in an Australian state, the New South Wales Population Health Survey (NSWPHS). This paper also compares the call outcomes, costs and the representativeness of the resultant sample to that of the previous landline sample.

Authors


Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Barr, M., Van Ritten, J. J., Steel, D. G. & Thackway, S. V. (2012). Inclusion of mobile phone numbers into an ongoing population health survey in New South Wales, Australia: design, methods, call outcomes, costs and sample representativeness. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 12 (177), 1-9.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1215&context=eispapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/210

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 9

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 177