Health and demographic characteristics of respondents in an Australian national sexuality survey: Comparison with population norms
Purdie, David M., Dunne, Michael P., Boyle, Frances M., Cook, Michelle D., & Najman, Jackob M. (2002) Health and demographic characteristics of respondents in an Australian national sexuality survey: Comparison with population norms. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 56(10), pp. 748-753.
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To assess the representativeness of survey participants by systematically comparing volunteers in a national health and sexuality survey with the Australian population in terms of self reported health status (including the SF-36) and a wide range of demographic characteristics. DESIGN: A cross sectional sample of Australian residents were compared with demographic data from the 1996 Australian census and health data from the 1995 National Health Survey. SETTING: The Australian population. PARTICIPANTS: A stratified random sample of adults aged 18-59 years drawn from the Australian electoral roll, a compulsory register of voters. Interviews were completed with 1784 people, representing 40% of those initially selected (58% of those for whom a valid telephone number could be located). MAIN RESULTS: Participants were of similar age and sex to the national population. Consistent with prior research, respondents had higher socioeconomic status, more education, were more likely to be employed, and less likely to be immigrants. The prevalence estimates, means, and variances of self reported mental and physical health measures (for example, SF-36 subscales, women's health indicators, current smoking status) were similar to population norms. CONCLUSIONS: These findings considerably strengthen inferences about the representativeness of data on health status from volunteer samples used in health and sexuality surveys.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2002 BMJ Publishing|
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|Deposited On:||10 Oct 2007 00:00|
|Last Modified:||10 Aug 2011 16:56|
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