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Am J Public Health. 1980 Aug;70(8):823-5.

Characteristics of respondents and non-respondents to a mailed questionnaire.

Abstract

In establishing a cohort of U.S. nurses, an assessment of response bias was made comparing respondents and non-respondents with regard to age, education, state of residence, employment status, field of employment, and major specialty. Overall, the 122,328 respondents (69.7 per cent) and 43,222 non-respondents were quite similar. Together with the reasonable response rate in a homogeneous population, this suggests that estimation of exposure-disease associations is unlikely to be affected by major bias due to non-response.

PMID:
7416342
PMCID:
PMC1619597
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