The aim was to characterize non-participants and to investigate reasons for non-participation in a health survey in Kin-Hu township, Kinmen, Republic of China.
The non-participants represented 25.6% of the target population of 4,451 registered residents aged 30 and older.
Baseline demographic characteristics and two-year mortality for the participants and non-participants were compared.
A house-to-house visit was attempted to all of the non-participants for reasons of refusal.
The mean age of the non-participants was significantly older than that of the participants (54.3 versus 48.5 years, p<0.001).
The response rate for women was significantly higher than that for men (77.2% versus 71.6%, p<0.001).
The probability of death was significantly different between the two groups (1.2% versus 8.8% for participants and non-participants, respectively, p<0.001).
Major reason for not having participated in the health survey was'not notified or informed of the examination' (32.7%). These data suggest that non-participants were less healthy.
Mots-clés Pascal : Enquête, Epidémiologie, Participation, Refus, Homme, Non réponse, Age, Sexe, Niveau étude, Santé, Biais méthodologique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Survey, Epidemiology, Participation, Denial, Human, Non response, Age, Sex, Education level, Health, Methodological bias
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0243390
Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 11/06/1997.