Sample selection, recruitment and participation rates in health examination surveys in Europe – experience from seven national surveys

Jennifer S. Mindell, Simona Giampaoli, Antje Gößwald, Panagiotis Kamtsiuris, Charlotte Mann, Satu Männistö, Karen Morgan, Nicola J. Shelton, WM Monique Verschuren & Hanna Tolonen
Background: Health examination surveys (HESs), carried out in Europe since the 1950’s, provide valuable information about the general population’s health for health monitoring, policy making, and research. Survey participation rates, important for representativeness, have been falling. International comparisons are hampered by differing exclusion criteria and definitions for non-response. Method: Information was collected about seven national HESs in Europe conducted in 2007–2012. These surveys can be classified into household and individual-based surveys, depending on the sampling...
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