Survey mode matters: Adults' self-reported statistical confidence, ability to obtain health information, and perceptions of patient-health-care provider communication

Lorraine S. Wallace, Deena J. Chisolm, Mahmoud Abdel-Rasoul, Jennifer E. Devoe

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Abstract

This study examined adults' self-reported understanding and formatting preferences of medical statistics, confidence in self-care and ability to obtain health advice or information, and perceptions of patient-health-care provider communication measured through dual survey modes (random digital dial and mail). Even while controlling for sociodemographic characteristics, significant differences in regard to adults' responses to survey variables emerged as a function of survey mode. While the analyses do not allow us to pinpoint the underlying causes of the differences observed, they do suggest that mode of administration should be carefully adjusted for and considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1036-1045
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume18
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

Keywords

  • adults
  • communication
  • learning
  • methodology
  • quantitative methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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