Table 1

Multiphase tracing protocol: Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study 2006-2008



Target rural community


Phone call and/or letter to last known address

List of names from community and wider area shown to key community people with request for follow-up information


Urban list reviewed face to face with local Aboriginal workers

and lists compared with online phone directory, computerized

electoral roll and local school rolls.

Local community workers, friends, family members other cohort participants shown list when research team visited

Remaining names checked with urban Aboriginal communities

and dedicated Aboriginal urban services


Remaining names checked with hostels, churches, sporting clubs, corrective services

Remaining names shown again to key people


Each research team member given three untraced participants to check all avenues till no further leads found

Sayers et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2009 9:23   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-9-23

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