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Designing and Conducting Health Surveys


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Figures, Tables, and Exhibits vii Foreword by Steven B. Cohen xi Preface xv The Authors xxi 1 Thinking About Topics for Health Surveys 1 2 Matching the Survey Design to Survey Objectives 27 3 Defining and Clarifying the Survey Variables 48 4 Thinking Through the Relationships Between Variables 81 5 Choosing the Methods of Data Collection 100 6 Deciding Who Will Be in the Sample 124 7 Deciding How Many Will Be in the Sample 154 8 General Principles for Formulating Questions 194 9 Formulating Questions About Health 221 10 Formulating Questions About Demographics and Behavior 245 11 Formulating Questions About Knowledge and Attitudes 268 12 Guidelines for Formatting the Questionnaire 288 13 Monitoring and Carrying Out the Survey 311 14 Preparing the Data for Analysis 340 15 Planning and Implementing the Analysis of the Data 360 16 Writing the Research Report 391 Resource A: Personal Interview Survey: UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS-2)-End-Decade Study 405 Resource B: Telephone Interview Survey: California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)-2001 407 Resource C: Mail Questionnaire Survey: National Dental Malpractice Survey 408 Resource D: Selected Sources on Health Surveys 433 Resource E: Selected Examples of Health Surveys 442 References 451 Name Index 495 Subject Index 505

About the Author

LU ANN ADAY, PHD, is the Lorne Bain Distinguished Professor in Public Health and Medicine at the University of Texas School of Public Health. She is the author of many books, including Evaluating the Healthcare System: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Equity (1st ed., 1993; 2nd ed., 1998; 3rd ed., 2004); At Risk in America: The Health and Health Care Needs of Vulnerable Populations in the United States (1st ed., 1993; 2nd ed., 2001); and Reinventing Public Health: Policies and Practices for a Healthy Nation (2005). Dr. Aday is a fellow of AcademyHealth (formerly the Association for Health Services Research) and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. LLEWELLYN JOSEPH CORNELIUS, PHD, is Professor of Social Work, University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Social Work. He is also Associate Director of the Institute for Human Services Policy. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Ghana-Legon, School of Public Health, Department of Sociology and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health. He also has been a fellow in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.


"In this era of tailoring the design of surveys for specific populations, Aday and Cornelius have produced a much-needed text. It breaks with the trend towards highly specialized books on one or two aspects of surveying to cover all steps in the process. This book will help students get the big picture while learning the details of the entire survey process, from hypothesis formulation and measurement to writing the final report. Because of its breadth--a rarity among current survey books--its influence outside the health sciences will be large." ?Don A. Dillman, Regents Professor and the Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Policy in the Department of Sociology and Department of Community and Rural Sociology, Washington State University "Aday and Cornelius have created a comprehensive volume that is impressive in both breadth and depth and that expertly covers the range of topics that health survey researchers, and survey researchers in general, need to master. As both a training tool and reference, this book is a tremendously valuable resource." ?Gordon Willis, Ph.D., associate professor, Joint Program for Survey Methodology, University of Maryland

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