Locating and interviewing alcoholics 8 years after discharge from hospital

Alisdair Mackenzie, Frank R. Funderburk, Richard P. Allen, Robin L. Stefan

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An 8-year follow-up of 85 alcoholic men resulted in 93% interviewed or confirmed deceased. The location and interview techniques used to achieve this high completion rate are reported and the "location" of deceased subjects is discussed. A list of the agencies that might have information on the whereabouts of subjects is provided. The time course of data collection is analyzed. The characteristics of subjects lost under specific follow-up inadequacies or constraints are considered. Our findings can be used by program evaluators as a basis for decisions concerning the best use of their follow-up resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-386
Number of pages8
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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