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NCJ Number: 64177 Find in a Library
Title: DOES FOLLOW-UP LOSS REFLECT POOR OUTCOME?
Journal: EVALUATION AND THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS  Volume:2  Issue:4  Dated:(DECEMBER 1979)  Pages:419-437
Author(s): R B ELLSWORTH
Corporate Author: Sage Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY EXAMINES WHETHER PROGRAM EVALUATORS SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH THE LOSS OF FOLLOW-UP INFORMATION WHEN THEY COMPARE PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS.
Abstract: LOSS OF FOLLOW-UP INFORMATION REGARDING THE ADJUSTMENT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECEIVED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES HAS BEEN OF CONCERN BECAUSE A LOW RESPONSE RATE MAY INDICATE THAT PATIENTS ARE ADUSTING POORLY. THUS, THE TREATMENT EFFECTIVENESS OF PROGRAMS HAVING LOW FOLLOW-UP RESPONSE RATES WOULD BE INACCURATE. THE PRESENT STUDY COMPARES THE FOLLOW-UP ADJUSTMENT OF PATIENTS ON WHOM INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED BY MAIL WITH THE ADJUSTMENT OF MAIL NONRESPONDENTS WHO WERE LATER INTERVIEWED BY PHONE. DATA COLLECTORS WHO MADE THE CALLS HAD BEEN TRAINED TO FOLLOW THE SAME INTERVIEW FORMAT AS THE MAILED QUESTIONNAIRES. ADJUSTMENT AREAS COVERED WERE VIGOR, ALIENATION, AND CONFIDENCE IN SKILLS. THERE WERE 507 PATIENTS IN THE COOPERATIVE GROUP AND 190 IN THE RELUCTANT GROUP CONTACTED BY PHONE. THE FINDINGS INDICATE THAT THE POSTHOSPITAL ADJUSTMENT OF PATIENTS WAS NOT A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN DETERMINING WHETHER MAILED FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONNAIRES WERE RETURNED. RATHER, LOW RESPONSE RATES WERE PRIMARILY A FUNCTION OF DATA COLLECTOR STYLE AND MOTIVATION LEVEL OF THOSE RECEIVING MAILED QUESTIONNAIRES. TABULAR DATA AND REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED -- MRK)
Index Term(s): Data collections; Evaluation; Follow-up contacts; Mental health services; Program evaluation
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