Tracking substance abusers in longitudinal research: understanding follow-up contact difficulty.

@article{Walton1998TrackingSA,
  title={Tracking substance abusers in longitudinal research: understanding follow-up contact difficulty.},
  author={Maureen A. Walton and Chidambaram Ramanathan and Thomas M. Reischl},
  journal={American journal of community psychology},
  year={1998},
  volume={26 2},
  pages={233-53}
}
Studies examining follow-up contact difficulty provide useful information for planning longitudinal studies and for assessing the validity of follow-up data. Contact difficulty was examined among 96 substance abusers following substance abuse treatment. Interview completion rates at the 3-month and 6-month follow-ups were 93 and 97%, respectively. The extent of contact efforts required to complete follow-up interviews varied substantially but tended to be greater at the 3-month follow-up than… CONTINUE READING
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