Effects of Employment on Perceived Health

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HINTS data collection is conducted every 2-3 years in order to provide trends in the areas of health and cancer interests. In HINTS, the eligibility rate is quite high because all adults are eligible (only households with no adults are ineligible). HINTS strives to: provide updates on changing patterns, needs, and information opportunities in health; identify changing health communications trends and practices; assess cancer information access and usage; provide information about how cancer risks are perceived; and offer a test-bed to researchers to investigate new theories in health communication.
In an effort to address dropping RDD response rates, NCI turned to work done at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). BRFSS data collection has recently included experiments with mail surveys and mixed mode data collection (mail and telephone). Following the model provided by BRFSS, HINTS 2007 used a dual-frame design that mixed modes in a complementary way. One frame was RDD, using state-of-the-art procedures to maximize the response rate. The second frame was a national listing of addresses available from the United States Postal Service (USPS). I think this was a wise method choice by HINTS in order to obtain ore participants as well as avoid a survey bias that might be caused my by only surveying people to have a home phone number or internet, methods used in their previous surveys.
Here are the three different response rate types that HINTS found and how they came to these numbers. The screener response rate is equal to the sum of weights of cooperating households (eligible or not) divided by the sum of weights of residential numbers in t...

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