The feasibility of a street-intercept survey method in an African- American community

Kevin W. Miller, Lora B. Wilder, Frances A. Stillman, Diane M. Becker

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Objectives. This study evaluates the feasibility of a nonquota, street- intercept survey method that utilized random selection of interview sites. Methods. The street-intercept survey was compared with a random-digit-dial telephone survey conducted in the same catchment area among African-American adults aged 18 or older. Results. The street-intercept survey's response rate was 80.2%; residence rate, 85.3%; interview completion rate, 97.9%; interference rate, 4.0%; and yield rate, 2.5 interviews per interviewer per hour. The street-intercept method produced more representative distributions of age and sex than the random-digit-dial survey. Conclusions. The street- intercept method is a feasible alternative to traditional population survey methods and may provide better access to harder-to-reach segments of the urban population in a safe manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-658
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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