Enrolment and response rates in a longitudinal birth cohort
Article first published online: 8 JAN 2009
© 2008 The Authors, Journal Compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
Special Issue: A Guide to Undertaking a Birth Cohort Study: Purposes, Pitfalls and Practicalities
Volume 23, Issue Supplement s1, pages 73–85, July 2009
How to Cite
Golding, J. and Birmingham, K. (2009), Enrolment and response rates in a longitudinal birth cohort. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 23: 73–85. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3016.2008.01001.x
- Issue published online: 19 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 8 JAN 2009
- response rates;
- longitudinal birth cohorts;
For the scientific credibility of study results, longitudinal cohort studies need to invest time, money and creative thought in establishing and maintaining the maximum number of study participants. Although success depends to a large extent on the resources available, much can be achieved by establishing a culture of integrity and enthusiasm among study staff that is conveyed to participants at all times. In this paper we outline various strategies that can be included in order to maximise the response rates.