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OHPR Abstract 67

Abstract 1990-1999

Mickey RM, Worden JK, Vacek PM, Skelly JM, Costanza MC. Comparability of telephone and household breast cancer screening surveys with differing response rates. Epidemiology. 1994 Jul;5(4):462-5.

We compared telephone and household surveys as methods for obtaining information about breast cancer screening. The study population was comprised of women age 40 years or older who were permanent residents of two large areas of Florida. We contacted women using random digit dialing for the telephone survey. We used a stratified multistage design for the household survey. Response rates were 49% (telephone) and 77% (household). Distributions of most screening (mammography, clinical examination, and breast self-examination) and demographic variables were comparable for the two surveys; income was higher in the telephone survey. Both surveys underestimated the proportion of older women, based on 1990 Census data.

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