Table 3

Comparability of Australian Rural Mental Health Study (ARMHS) and Hunter Community Study (HCS) measures/samples at baseline and common follow-up
Measure Baseline Follow-up
 Age I I
 Gender I I
 Education LI LI
 Marital status LI LI
 Retirement status LI LI
 Employment status LI LI
Social support/capital
 Personal & network support S I
 Sense of place (Environmental distress scale) M I
 Family support M I
Psychological distress
 Kessler 10 (K-10) I I
 Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) - Depression M I
 Depressive symptomatology (CES-D) M I
 Suicidal ideation M I
 Solastalgia (Environmental distress scale) I I
 Self-reported quality of life (AQoL-6D) I^ I
 Personal hopefulness (HOPES-12) M I
 Neuroticism (Brief Eysenck scale) M I
Physical illness and well being
 Body Mass Index (BMI) S I
 Chronic illness LI LI
 Adverse life events M I
 Alcohol use M I
 Current smoking LI LI
 Satisfaction with life M I
 Physical and mental wellbeing (SF-36) M I
Contextual effects #
 Remoteness and SEIFA (postal code) I I
 % rural employment, % land use for agriculture, and % population change (LGA) I I
 Social capital and Health service accessibility (regional) I .

Note: I, Ideal circumstances for data combination; LI, Less than ideal circumstances for data combination (e.g., data re-coding required); S, Statistical intervention required for data combination; M, Missing from one sample or measures not comparable; ^ One subscale was missing from AQoL-6D at ARMHS baseline and imputation was required. # Contextual measures were derived using postal code information, from which indices at the relevant level of aggregation could be geocoded; SEIFA, Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas; LGA, Local government area.

Allen et al.

Allen et al. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2013 13:122   doi:10.1186/1471-2288-13-122

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