Retrospective smoking history data collection for deceased workers: completeness and accuracy of surrogate reports.

@article{Woo2002RetrospectiveSH,
  title={Retrospective smoking history data collection for deceased workers: completeness and accuracy of surrogate reports.},
  author={Jessica G Woo and Susan Mengel Pinney},
  journal={Journal of occupational and environmental medicine},
  year={2002},
  volume={44 10},
  pages={915-23}
}
Few studies have considered the completeness and accuracy of smoking histories from surrogates for deceased workers. We surveyed 68 surrogates for uranium plant workers who completed smoking histories before their deaths. Completeness: 96% of surrogates answered definitively (yes or no) about overall smoking status (e.g., used any tobacco type), and 79 to 100% of those answered definitively about specific tobacco types. Of those reporting positive history, 50% to 67% answered detailed questions… CONTINUE READING