Measurement of self-reported HIV risk behaviors in injection drug users: Comparison of standard versus timeline follow-back administration procedures

Journal Article

This study compares the frequencies of retrospective self-reported HIV high-risk drug use and sexual behaviors in 127 out-of-treatment injection drug users using the HIV Risk Questionnaire (HRQ) across two administration methods: (a) a brief standard quantity-frequency approach covering the past 30 days and (b) a lengthier timeline follow-back (TLFB) procedure for improving recall. The two procedures produced similar frequencies of risk behavior across most items (80%) and good intra- and interclass correlation coefficients. The TLFB, however, resulted in higher frequencies for two risk behavior questions-sharing of any drug injection equipment and having any type of unprotected sex. The TLFB is a well-established procedure for retrospective assessment of HIV risk behavior and a good choice when precision in measuring these behaviors is a primary focus of the work. In contrast, the brief HRQ-Standard interview procedure appears to be a reasonable choice for clinical, research, and health-related surveys where the primary focus is broader than HIV risk behavior. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Copersino, ML; Meade, CS; Bigelow, GE; Brooner, RK

Published Date

  • 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 60 - 65

PubMed ID

  • 19717270

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0740-5472

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jsat.2009.06.004