Alcohol, ethnicity and service use in trauma patients: challenges of presenting and interpreting effect modification

Lilley, R C, Cryer, P C, Firth, H M, Herbison, G P and Feyer, A-M (2011) Alcohol, ethnicity and service use in trauma patients: challenges of presenting and interpreting effect modification. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 54 (1). pp. 21-31. ISSN 0271-3586

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Abstract

Background: Self-reported occupational histories are an important means for collecting historical data in epidemiological studies. An occupational history calendar (OHC) has been developed for use alongside a national occupational hazard surveillance tool. This study presents the systematic development of the OHC and compares work histories collected via this calendar to those collected via a traditional questionnaire.

Methods: The paper describes the systematic development of an OHC for use in the general working population. A comparison of data quality and recall was undertaken in 51 participants where both tools were administered.

Results: The OHC enhanced job recall compared with the traditional questionnaire. Good agreement in the data captured by both tools was observed, with the exception of hazard exposures.

Conclusions: A calendar approach is suitable for collecting occupational histories from the general working population. Despite enhancing job recall the OHC approach has some shortcomings outweighing this advantage in large-scale population surveillance.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: epidemiology; exposure assessment; questionnaires; survey methods; recall
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Primary Care and Public Health
Subjects: R Medicine
Depositing User: Jessica Stockdale
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 10:48
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2012 10:48
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40337
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