How many mailouts? Could attempts to increase the response rate in the Iraq war cohort study be counterproductive?

  title={How many mailouts? Could attempts to increase the response rate in the Iraq war cohort study be counterproductive?},
  author={A. R. Tate and M. Jones and L. Hull and N. Fear and R. Rona and S. Wessely and M. Hotopf},
  journal={BMC Medical Research Methodology},
  pages={51 - 51}
  • A. R. Tate, M. Jones, +4 authors M. Hotopf
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • BMC Medical Research Methodology
  • BackgroundLow response and reporting errors are major concerns for survey epidemiologists. However, while nonresponse is commonly investigated, the effects of misclassification are often ignored, possibly because they are hard to quantify. We investigate both sources of bias in a recent study of the effects of deployment to the 2003 Iraq war on the health of UK military personnel, and attempt to determine whether improving response rates by multiple mailouts was associated with increased… CONTINUE READING
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