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Author (up) Torvik, F.A.; Rognmo, K.; Tambs, K. url  doi
  Title Alcohol use and mental distress as predictors of non-response in a general population health survey: the HUNT study Type Journal Article
  Year 2012 Publication Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology Abbreviated Journal Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol  
  Volume 47 Issue 5 Pages 805-816  
  Keywords Adult; Age Distribution; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Alcohol-Related Disorders/epidemiology/*psychology; Depressive Disorder/epidemiology/*psychology; Female; Health Status Indicators; Health Surveys; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Norway/epidemiology; Odds Ratio; Patient Participation/*psychology/statistics & numerical data; Population Surveillance; Questionnaires; Severity of Illness Index; Spouses/psychology  
  Abstract PURPOSE: To investigate to what degree alcohol use and mental distress are associated with non-response in a population-based health study. METHODS: From 1995 to 1997, 91,488 persons were invited to take part in a health study at Nord-Trondelag, Norway, and the response rate was 69.2%. Demographics were available for everyone. Survey answers from a previous survey were available for most of the participants and a majority of non-participants. In addition, the survey responses from spouses and children of the invitees were used to predict participation in the aforementioned study. Crude and adjusted ORs for a number of predictors, among these alcohol consumption and mental distress, are reported. RESULTS: Both heavy drinkers (OR = 1.27) and abstainers (OR = 1.64) had a higher probability of dropping out in comparison to people who usually do not drink. High levels of mental distress (OR = 1.84) also predicted attrition. CONCLUSION: Alcohol use and mental distress are moderately associated with non-response, though probably not a major cause, as controlling for other variables weakened the associations. Nevertheless, the moderate but clear underrepresentation at the crude level of people with high alcohol consumption, abstainers and people with poor mental health should be taken into consideration when interpreting results from health surveys.  
  Address Division of Mental Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Nydalen, P.O. Box 4404, 0403, Oslo, Norway. fartein.torvik@fhi.no  
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  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  ISSN 0933-7954 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes PMID:21544604; PMC3328681 Approved no  
  Call Number HUNT @ maria.stuifbergen @ Serial 1582  
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