The importance of post-hoc approaches for overcoming non-response and attrition bias in population-sampled studies

Gray, L. (2016) The importance of post-hoc approaches for overcoming non-response and attrition bias in population-sampled studies. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(1), pp. 155-157. (doi: 10.1007/s00127-015-1153-8) (PMID:26615409) (PMCID:PMC4720721)

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Population-based health studies are critical resources for monitoring population health and related factors such as substance use, but reliable inference can be compromised in various ways. Non-response and attrition are major methodological problems which reduce power and can hamper the generalizability of findings if individuals who participate and who remain in a study differ systematically from those who do not. In this issue of SPPE, McCabe et al. studied participants of the 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, comparing attrition in Wave 2 across participants with different patterns of substance use at Wave 1. The implications of differential follow-up and further possibilities for addressing selective participation are discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gray, Dr Linsay
Authors: Gray, L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Publisher:Springer Berlin Heidelberg
ISSN (Online):1433-9285
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 51(1):155-157
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
656601Measuring Health, Variations in Health and Determinants of HealthAlastair LeylandMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/5IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
727651SPHSU Core Renewal: Measuring and Analysing Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health Research ProgrammeAlastair LeylandMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/13IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
652821Addressing non-response in health survey data to refine alcohol consumption estimates in ScotlandLinsay GrayMedical Research Council (MRC)MR/J013498/2IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU