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Does Modality of Survey Administration Impact Data Quality: Audio Computer Assisted Self Interview (ACASI) Versus Self-Administered Pen and Paper?

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dc.contributor.author Reichmann, William M. en_US
dc.contributor.author Losina, Elena en_US
dc.contributor.author Seage, George R. en_US
dc.contributor.author Arbelaez, Christian en_US
dc.contributor.author Safren, Steven A. en_US
dc.contributor.author Katz, Jeffrey N. en_US
dc.contributor.author Hetland, Adam en_US
dc.contributor.author Walensky, Rochelle P. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-11T16:09:06Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-11T16:09:06Z
dc.date.issued 2010-1-15 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Reichmann, William M., Elena Losina, George R. Seage, Christian Arbelaez, Steven A. Safren, Jeffrey N. Katz, Adam Hetland, Rochelle P. Walensky. "Does Modality of Survey Administration Impact Data Quality: Audio Computer Assisted Self Interview (ACASI) Versus Self-Administered Pen and Paper?" PLoS ONE 5(1): e8728. (2010) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2144/3104
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND. In the context of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) on HIV testing in the emergency department (ED) setting, we evaluated preferences for survey modality and data quality arising from each modality. METHODS. Enrolled participants were offered the choice of answering a survey via audio computer assisted self-interview (ACASI) or pen and paper self-administered questionnaire (SAQ). We evaluated factors influencing choice of survey modality. We defined unusable data for a particular survey domain as answering fewer than 75% of the questions in the domain. We then compared ACASI and SAQ with respect to unusable data for domains that address sensitive topics. RESULTS. Of 758 enrolled ED patients, 218 (29%) chose ACASI, 343 chose SAQ (45%) and 197 (26%) opted not to complete either. Results of the log-binomial regression indicated that older (RR=1.08 per decade) and less educated participants (RR=1.25) were more likely to choose SAQ over ACASI. ACASI yielded substantially less unusable data than SAQ. CONCLUSIONS. In the ED setting there may be a tradeoff between increased participation with SAQ versus better data quality with ACASI. Future studies of novel approaches to maximize the use of ACASI in the ED setting are needed. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH073445, R01 MH65869) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Public Library of Science en_US
dc.rights Reichmann et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. en_US
dc.title Does Modality of Survey Administration Impact Data Quality: Audio Computer Assisted Self Interview (ACASI) Versus Self-Administered Pen and Paper? en_US
dc.type article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0008728 en_US
dc.identifier.pubmedid 20090953 en_US
dc.identifier.pmcid 2806918 en_US


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