The LINKIN Health Census process: design and implementation
1 School of Population Health, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
2 School of Nursing, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
3 Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
BMC Health Services Research 2012, 12:321 doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-321Published: 18 September 2012
This paper describes the first phase of the LINKIN Health Study, which aims to evaluate health system functioning within a rural population. Locally relevant data on the health status and service usage of this population, including non-users and users, health service providers traditionally omitted from health services research, and multiple socio-economic indicators, was collected using a self-complete health census. Household response was 75% (N = 4425). Response was greater when face-to-face contact was made at delivery compared to when questionnaires were left in the letterbox (89% vs 64%), falling to 26% when no face-to-face contact was made at either delivery or collection.