Factors influencing the response to postal questionnaire surveys about respiratory symptoms

Michelle Hazell, Julie Morris, Mary Linehan, Peter Frank, Timothy Frank

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    Abstract

    Background: Response rates to postal questionnaires have been falling in recent years. Aim: To examine factors affecting the response to five postal respiratory questionnaire surveys. Design: Cross sectional study. Setting: General practice. Method: Five surveys were conducted in all adults registered with two UK general practices using an ECRHQ-based questionnaire, with two reminders at 4-week intervals. Results: Response rates declined over time (1993 - 71.2%; 1995 - 70.5%; 1999 - 65.5%; 2001 - 65.3%; 2004 - 46.9%). Age and gender of non-responders were available for 2001 and 2004: responders were older (mean 48.8 years vs 37.6, p
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)165-170
    Number of pages5
    JournalPrimary Care Respiratory Journal
    Volume18
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009

    Keywords

    • Postal
    • Questionnaire
    • Reminders
    • Respiratory symptoms
    • Response rate

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