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Title: The Cornella Health Interview Survey Follow-Up (CHIS.FU) Study: design, methods, and response rate
Author: García Martínez, Montserrat
Schiaffino, Anna
Fernández Muñoz, Esteve
Marti, Mercè
Saltó i Cerezuela, Esteve
Pérez, Gloria
Peris, Mercè
Borrell i Thió, Carme
Nieto, F. Javier
Borràs Andrés, Josep Maria
Keywords: Tractament del tabaquisme
Factors de risc en les malalties
Malalties cardiovasculars
Smoking cessation
Risk factors in diseases
Cardiovascular diseases
Issue Date: 7-Mar-2003
Publisher: BioMed Central
Abstract: Background: the aim of this report is to describe the main characteristics of the design, including response rates, of the Cornella Health Interview Survey Follow-up Study. Methods: the original cohort consisted of 2,500 subjects (1,263 women and 1,237 men) interviewed as part of the 1994 Cornella Health Interview Study. A record linkage to update the address and vital status of the cohort members was carried out using, first a deterministic method, and secondly a probabilistic one, based on each subject's first name and surnames. Subsequently, we attempted to locate the cohort members to conduct the phone follow-up interviews. A pilot study was carried out to test the overall feasibility and to modify some procedures before the field work began. Results: after record linkage, 2,468 (98.7%) subjects were successfully traced. Of these, 91 (3.6%) were deceased, 259 (10.3%) had moved to other towns, and 50 (2.0%) had neither renewed their last municipal census documents nor declared having moved. After using different strategies to track and to retain cohort members, we traced 92% of the CHIS participants. From them, 1,605 subjects answered the follow-up questionnaire. Conclusion: the computerized record linkage maximized the success of the follow-up that was carried out 7 years after the baseline interview. The pilot study was useful to increase the efficiency in tracing and interviewing the respondents.
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It is part of: BMC Public Health, 2003, vol. 3, num. 12
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ISSN: 1471-2458
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