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Int J Public Health. 2012 Dec;57(6):959-61. doi: 10.1007/s00038-012-0404-7. Epub 2012 Sep 4.

Testing Skype as an interview method in epidemiologic research: response and feasibility.

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Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology and NetTeaching Unit, Institute and Outpatient Clinic for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, University Hospital of Munich (LMU), Munich, Germany. tobias.weinmann@med.lmu.de

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Despite its popularity, Skype has not been tested as a tool for epidemiologic research. We examined its feasibility in Germany.

METHODS:

A population-based sample of young adults was randomly invited to a Skype (n = 150) or a phone interview (n = 150). Response and duration of interviews were analysed to evaluate the feasibility of Skype interviews.

RESULTS:

Response was low and, with 10 % (95 % CI 5-15 %), even worse among Skype candidates, compared to 22 % (15-28 %) in the phone group. A third of the Skype group asked for being interviewed by phone. Median duration was 34.0 minutes for Skype interviews and 37.0 minutes for phone interviews.

CONCLUSIONS:

Skype is not yet a feasible tool for data collection in Germany.

PMID:
22945842
DOI:
10.1007/s00038-012-0404-7
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