Open Access Correspondence

The LINKIN Health Census process: design and implementation

Catherine Elizabeth Hoon-Leahy1*, Jonathan Newbury1, Alison Kitson2, Deirdre Whitford1, Anne Wilson2, Jonathan Karnon1, Jenny Baker1, Konrad Jamrozik1 and Justin Beilby3

Author Affiliations

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

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BMC Health Services Research 2012, 12:321  doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-321

Published: 18 September 2012

Abstract

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% (Nā€‰=ā€‰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.