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Health Serv Res. 2001 Feb;35(6):1347-55.

Reported response rates to mailed physician questionnaires.

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Graduate Program in Health Care Administration, Simmons College, Boston, MA 02115, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine response rate information from mailed physician questionnaires reported in published articles.

DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING:

Citations for articles published between 1985 and 1995 were obtained using a key word search of the Medline, PsychLit, and Sociofile databases.

STUDY DESIGN:

A 5 percent random sample of relevant citations was selected from each year.

DATA COLLECTION/EXTRACTION METHODS:

Citations found to be other than physician surveys were discarded and replaced with the next randomly assigned article. Selected articles were abstracted using a standardized variable list.

PRINCIPAL FINDINGS:

The average response rate for mailed physician questionnaires was 61 percent. The average response rate for large sample surveys (> 1,000 observations) was 52 percent. In addition, only 44 percent of the abstracted articles reported a discussion of response bias, and only 54 percent reported any type of follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS:

(1) Response rates have remained somewhat constant over time, and (2) researchers need to document the efforts used to increase response rates to mailed physician questionnaires.

PMID:
11221823
PMCID:
PMC1089194
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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