Audio computer assisted self interview and face to face interview modes in assessing response bias among STD clinic patients

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Background: Audio computer assisted self interview (ACASI) may minimise social desirability bias in the ascertainment of sensitive behaviours. The aim of this study was to describe the difference in reporting risk behaviour in ACASI compared to a face to face interview (FFI) among public sexually transmitted diseases (STD) clinic attendees. Study design: Randomly selected patients attending a public STD clinic in Baltimore, Maryland, sequentially took an ACASI formatted risk behaviour assessment followed by an FFI conducted by a single clinician, with both interview modalities surveying sexual and drug use behaviours. Binary responses were compared using the sign test, and categorical responses were compared using the Wilcoxon signed rank test to account for repeated measures. Results: 671 (52% men, mean age 30 years, 95% African American) of 795 clinic attendees screened consented to participate. Subjects affirmed sensitive sexual behaviours such as same sex contact (p=0.012), receptive rectal sexual exposure (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-425
Number of pages5
JournalSexually Transmitted Infections
Volume81
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Interviews
Risk-Taking
Social Desirability
Baltimore
Nonparametric Statistics
Sexual Behavior
African Americans
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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  • Dermatology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology

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