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Population Research and Outcome Studies
Level 7
North Terrace
SA 5000

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Survey Methods

Publications | Brief Reports | Reports

The following reports and publications detail our survey methods and include discussions related to:

  • sampling
  • data quality
  • survey content and construction.
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Dal Grande E, Chittleborough CR, Campostrini S, Tucker G, Taylor AW. Health estimates using survey raked-weighting techniques in an Australian population health surveillance system. Am J Epidemiol. 2015;182(6):544-556.

Dal Grande E, Fullerton S, Taylor AW. Reliability of self-reported health risk factors and chronic conditions questions collected using the telephone in South Australia, Australia. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2012;12(1):108.

Daly A, Parsons J, NW, Gill T, Taylor A. Using risk factor surveillance as a basis for mixed-methodology research: an example from Australia using food intake and anthropometric measures. International Journal of Public Health. 2010; 55:655–660.

Taylor AW, Campostrini S, Gill T, Heriott M, Carter P, Dal Grande E.  The use of chronic disease risk factor surveillance systems for evidence-based decision-making – physical activity and nutrition as examples. International Journal of Public Health. 2010; 55:243-249.

Taylor A, Dal Grande E. Chronic disease and risk factor surveillance using the SA Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS)-history, results and future challenges. Public Health Bulletin 2008; 3(5); 17-21.

Taylor AW, Dal Grande E, Gill TK, Chittleborough CR, Wilson DH, Adams RJ, Grant JF, Phillips PJ, Appleton S, Ruffin RE. How valid are self reported height and weight? A comparison between CATI self-report and clinic measurements using a large representative cohort study. Aust N Z J Public Health 2006; 30(3):238-46.

Grant JF, Chittleborough CR, Taylor AW, Dal Grande E, Wilson DH, Phillips PJ, Adams RJ, Cheek J, Price K, Gill T, Ruffin RE, and the North West Adelaide Health Study Team. The North West Adelaide Health Study: detailed methods and baseline segmentation of a cohort for selected chronic diseases. Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations 2006; 3:4.

Taylor AW, Dal Grande E, Gill T. Beware the pitfalls of ill-placed questions – revisiting questionnaire ordering. Sozial- und Praventivmedizin 2006;51(1):43-44.

Taylor A. Chronic disease surveillance in South Australia. Public Health Bulletin 2006; 3:6-9.

Taylor A, Dal Grande E, Wilson D. The South Australian Health Omnibus Survey 15 years on: has public health benefited? Public Health Bulletin 2006; 3:30-32

Taylor AW, Dal Grande E, Gill T, Chittleborough CR, Wilson DH, Adams RJ, Grant JF, Phillips P, Ruffin RE. Do people with risky behaviours participate in biomedical cohort studies? BMC Public Health 2006; 6:11.

Dal Grande E, Taylor A, Wilson D. Is there a difference in health estimates between people with listed and unlisted telephone numbers? Aust N Z J Public Health 2005: 29:448-56.

Wilson D, Taylor A, Chittleborough C. The Second Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) Forum: The state of play of CATI survey methods in Australia. Aust N Z J Public Health 2001; 25: 272-4.

Wilson DH, Starr GJ, Taylor AW, Dal Grande E. Random digit dialling and electronic White Pages samples compared: Demographic profiles and health estimates. Aust N Z J Public Health 1999; 23: 627-633.

Starr GJ, Dal Grande E, Taylor AW, Wilson DH. Reliability of self-reported behavioural health risk factors in a South Australian telephone survey. Aust N Z J Public Health 1999; 23:528-530.

Taylor AW, Wilson DH, Wakefield M.  Differences in health estimates using telephone and door-to-door survey methods - a hypothetical exercise. Aust N Z J Public Health 1998; 22:223-226.

Scheil W, Cameron S, Dalton C, Murray C, Wilson D. A South Australian Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak investigation using a database to select controls. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 1998; 22(5): 536-39.

Wilson D, Wakefield MA, Taylor A.  The South Australian Health Omnibus Survey.  Health Promotion Journal of Australia 1992; 2:47-49.

Brown P, Wilson D, Esterman A, Phillips P.  The validity of lifestyle assessment through questioning relatives.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine 1991; 21:810.

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Brief Reports

2002-13 Surveying hard to reach populations

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Results of Field Testing Three Modules of Core Health Questions for Inclusion in a Nation-Wide Preventable Chronic Disease and Behavioural Risk Factor Survey Module Manual. Report was jointly prepared by the WA Dept of Health and the SA Department of Human Services for the ABS.

Proceedings of the Second Australian Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) Population Health Surveys Forum, held in Adelaide in February 2000.