Web-based data collection: An effective strategy for increasing African Americans' participation in health-related research

Pamela E. Scott-Johnson, Susan M. Gross, Dorothy C. Browne

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Abstract

The study sought to explore response modes (via web-based vs paper surveys) and rates to a follow-up health questionnaire and to examine respondent characteristics by response modes. 192 young adult African Americans responded online or by paper. We found observable differences in follow-up responses, with more participants completing the online version first. No statistical differences were revealed in response modes based on academic discipline, sex, income or health status. The 60% follow-up response rate supports web-based data collection as a viable means of assessing health information from African Americans. This research provides evidence of the Internet as a viable alternative for increasing participation of young African American adults, a relatively understudied group, to obtain data on health status and behaviors, over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S1201-S1206
JournalEthnicity and Disease
Volume20
Issue number1 SUPPL.1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

Keywords

  • African American research participation
  • College health and wellness
  • Web-based survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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