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Collecting health research data: comparing mobile phone-assisted personal interviewing to paper-and-pen data collection

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dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-04 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T19:34:00Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T19:34:00Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2688
dc.description.abstract Mobile phone-assisted personal interviewing (MPAPI) is becoming a more widely used technique to collect survey data. Not having a hard copy paper document to return to when cleaning data raises the question of how data error rates compare with traditional paper surveys and at what cost. One hundred health research interviewers trained to use traditional pen-and paper (PAP) survey methodology were recruited and randomly assigned to either a PAP or an MPAPI group. After receiving training on the survey instrument, each of the 100 interviewers conducted interviews with the same five interviewees, for a total of 500 interviews. Costs associated with the two survey methods were calculated. Very low error rates were achieved in both PAP and MPAPI, with a total of 381 data errors identified in 21,500 survey items. Findings suggest that experienced, well-trained interviewers using a short, well-constructed survey can produce very low error rates, independent of survey mode and that the benefits of MPAPI would be magnified as the size and complexity of the study increases. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject HEALTH SECTOR en
dc.subject RESEARCH en
dc.subject DATA COLLECTION en
dc.title Collecting health research data: comparing mobile phone-assisted personal interviewing to paper-and-pen data collection en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber PMAAAA en
dc.Volume 26(4) en
dc.BudgetYear 2013/14 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.SourceTitle Field Methods en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8028 en
dc.PageNumber 307-321 en
dc.outputnumber 6673 en
dc.bibliographictitle Van Heerden, A.C., Norris, S.A., Tollman, S.M. & Richter, L.M. (2014) Collecting health research data: comparing mobile phone-assisted personal interviewing to paper-and-pen data collection. <i>Field Methods</i>. 26(4):307-321. en
dc.publicationyear 2014 en
dc.contributor.author1 Van Heerden, A.C. en
dc.contributor.author2 Norris, S.A. en
dc.contributor.author3 Tollman, S.M. en
dc.contributor.author4 Richter, L.M. en


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