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Adapting data collection methods in the Australian life histories and health survey: a retrospective life course study

Kendig, H; Byles, J. E; O'Loughlin, Kate; Nazroo, J. Y; Mishra, G; Noone, J; Loh, V; Forder, P. M

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OBJECTIVE Ideally, life course data are collected prospectively through an ongoing longitudinal study. We report adaptive multimethod fieldwork procedures that gathered life history data by mail survey and telephone interview, comparable with the face-to-face methods employed in the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing (ELSA). DESIGN The Australian Life Histories and Health (LHH) Survey was a substudy of the Australian 45 and Up Study, with data collection methods modified from the ELSA Study....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKendig, H
dc.contributor.authorByles, J. E
dc.contributor.authorO'Loughlin, Kate
dc.contributor.authorNazroo, J. Y
dc.contributor.authorMishra, G
dc.contributor.authorNoone, J
dc.contributor.authorLoh, V
dc.contributor.authorForder, P. M
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-07T23:53:26Z
dc.date.available2016-02-07T23:53:26Z
dc.identifier.issn2044-6055
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/97946
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE Ideally, life course data are collected prospectively through an ongoing longitudinal study. We report adaptive multimethod fieldwork procedures that gathered life history data by mail survey and telephone interview, comparable with the face-to-face methods employed in the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing (ELSA). DESIGN The Australian Life Histories and Health (LHH) Survey was a substudy of the Australian 45 and Up Study, with data collection methods modified from the ELSA Study. A self-complete questionnaire and life history calendar were completed by the participants, followed by a computer-assisted telephone interview recording key life events. RESULTS The LHH survey developed and tested procedures and instruments that gathered rich life history data within an ongoing Australian longitudinal survey on ageing. Data collection proved to be economical. The use of a self-complete questionnaire in conjunction with a life history calendar and coordinated computer-assisted telephone interview was successful in collecting retrospective life course information, in terms of being thorough, practical and efficient. This study has a diverse collection of data covering the life course, starting with early life experiences and continuing with socioeconomic and health exposures and outcomes during adult life. CONCLUSIONS Mail and telephone methodology can accurately and economically add a life history dimension to an ongoing longitudinal survey. The method is particularly valuable for surveying widely dispersed populations. The results will facilitate understanding of the social determinants of health by gathering data on earlier life exposures as well as comparative data across geographical and societal contexts.
dc.description.sponsorshipSupported by an Australian Research Council Grant (DP 1096778, “Socio-economic determinants and health inequalities over the life-course: Australian and English comparisons”) with investigators from the Universities of Sydney, Newcastle and Queensland (Australia) and the University of Manchester (UK).
dc.format10 pages
dc.publisherBMJ Publishing Group
dc.rightsThis is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 3.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work noncommercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See: http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
dc.sourceBMJ Open
dc.subjectepidemiology
dc.subjectpublic health
dc.subjectstatistics & research methods
dc.titleAdapting data collection methods in the Australian life histories and health survey: a retrospective life course study
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume4
dcterms.dateAccepted2014-02-26
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor170102
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB971
local.publisher.urlhttp://journals.bmj.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationKendig, Hal, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, CMBE Research School of Population Health, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationByles, Julie, University of Newcastle, Australia
local.contributor.affiliationO'Loughlin, Kate, University of Sydney, Australia
local.contributor.affiliationNazroo, James, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
local.contributor.affiliationMishra, Gita, University of Queensland, Australia
local.contributor.affiliationNoone, J, University of Sydney, Australia
local.contributor.affiliationLoh, Vanessa, University of Sydney, Australia
local.contributor.affiliationForder, Peta M, University of Newcastle, Australia
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP 1096778
local.identifier.essn2044-6055
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpagee004476
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpagee004476
local.identifier.doi10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004476
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:16:34Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84897523825
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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