Outcome of recruitment and report on participation rate in the New Mexico Elder Health Survey.
The purpose of this paper is to report on the outcome of recruitment and participation rate in the New Mexico Elder Health Survey. This survey is the first community based epidemiological survey to examine health and health related issues of elderly (65 years or older) Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites in Bernalillo County (Albuquerque), New Mexico. This survey was conducted from May 1993 to September 1995. Subjects (N=2200) were randomly selected from the list of 50,700 Medicare recipients residing in Bernalillo County and stratified by ethnicity and gender. Hispanics were identified using a computer program that selects Hispanic surname patterns and ethnicity was verified by self report. Subjects participated in a home interview, followed by an interview and examination in a senior health clinic. Use of the Medicare list resulted in 75.7% (N=1666) of subjects being contacted. Of the 1666 subjects available, 1130 (67.8%) completed a home interview and 883 (54%) completed the full examination. There were no significant differences in participation by ethnicity, but there were significant differences by gender, with women less likely to participate. The mean age of participants was 74 years, age range 65 to 100. Hispanic elderly demonstrated greater economic poverty and lower levels of formal education. Our survey results show that the elderly and Hispanic elderly can be successfully recruited to participate in a research study. This paper is the first to summarize the details of the survey design, present the results of recruitment and participation, and describe the survey participants.
Romero, LJ; Lindeman, RD; Hundley, R; Koehler, KM; Baumgartner, RN; Allen, AS; Schade, DS; LaRue, A; Ortiz, IE; Garry, PJ
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