Achieving a 96.6 percent follow-up rate in a longitudinal study of drug abusers.

@article{Cottler1996AchievingA9,
  title={Achieving a 96.6 percent follow-up rate in a longitudinal study of drug abusers.},
  author={Linda Bauer Cottler and Wilson M. Compton and Arbi Ben-Abdallah and M J Horne and D Claverie},
  journal={Drug and alcohol dependence},
  year={1996},
  volume={41 3},
  pages={209-17}
}
Longitudinal studies can be hampered by poor follow-up rates, seriously reducing generalizability of the findings. Understanding the barriers, as well as approaches to overcome and adapt to these impediments, resulted in a 96.6% 18 month follow-up rate of 479 drug abusers enrolled in an NIDA funded demonstration project aimed at reducing HIV transmission among St. Louis' most vulnerable drug-using population. In this paper, we discuss the importance of phone and systems tracking, creative team… CONTINUE READING

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