Table 1

Description of program type and specimen collection method
Program type Description Test-kit delivery Specimen return
Outreach programs Field staff recruited participants at their homes and collected specimens In-person In-person
PTK on invitation acceptance People were invited through phone calls and/or letters to receive PTKs, those who agreed were sent a PTK Post Post
PTK along with invitation People were sent PTKs along with invitation letters Post Post
PTK with in-person invitation People were directly invited to receive a PTK by study personnel In-person or post Post
PTK without invitation PTKs were requested through the internet or phone without any direct invitations. Various advertisement strategies were used Post Post, drop-off
PTK with pick-up PTKs were picked-up from designated locations (e.g. from boxes at workplace) without direct invitations Pick-up Post
Multiple strategies A combination of different strategies was used, but outcomes were not presented separately for each strategy In-person, post or pick- up Post

PTK, postal test kit.

Jamil et al.

Jamil et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:189   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-189

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