Publication
Title
Socio-economic differences in participation of households in a Belgian national health survey
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Abstract
Background: Socio-economic inequalities in health survey participation can jeopardize the extrapolation of the survey findings to the total population. Earlier research, based on aggregated data, showed that in Belgium less-educated people with poor health were less likely to participate in a health survey. In this article, the association by socio-economic status and household non-response in a health survey is examined. Methods: A linkage between the Belgian Health Survey 2001 with Census 2001 enabled us to evaluate the participation by socio-economic status. Results: We observed that the socio-economic position was a determinant of health survey participation: participation rate was significantly lower in households with a lower socio-economic profile. Conclusion: Socio-economic inequalities in participation can introduce a bias in the health survey findings. Strategies targeting improvement of the participation of lower socio-economic groups need to be considered.
Language
English
Source (journal)
European journal of public health. - Oxford
Publication
Oxford : 2013
ISSN
1101-1262
Volume/pages
23:6(2013), p. 981-985
ISI
000327735600017
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
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Creation 15.01.2014
Last edited 26.07.2017
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