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Social workers and significant others as collaterals of nonresponding alcoholics in follow-up studies using mail questionnaries and telephone interviews.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8158-0486
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1998 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 0907-2055, Vol. 7, 34-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The subject of this study is non-response to mail questionnaires and supplementary telephone interviews in evaluation of outcome of treatment for alcohol dependence. The study is based on two clinical populations (n= 121 and 603) from Runnagården, Sweden, a coercive care setting with both voluntary and compulsorily committed patients. In this study we analysed non-response and evaluated two methods to remedy this - i.e., prediction of the outcome in non-responders from additional telephone follow-up and questionnaires to collaterals. About two thirds of patients who replied had improved, but only about one third of non-responders had. Significant others replied more often if patients had improved, while social workers replied more often if patients had not improved. Patients who did not reply to mail questionnaires, but answered the same questions in a telephone interview, differed in drinking outcome from non-responders, but not from mail answerers. The method of using questionnaires addressed to social workers as an additional source of data can be used in countries with a general system of social welfare services and is better than the use of significant others as collaterals. In conclusion, replies obtained by additional telephone interviews were not representative for patients who did not return mail questionnaires. Non-response groups were highly selected in each of the three questionnaires (addressed to patients, significant others and social workers). Since the selectivity had opposite tendencies, the combination of questionnaires to patients and to social workers seems to be the most representative.

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1998. Vol. 7, 34-41 p.
Keyword [en]
Treatment outcome evaluation, non-response estimation, self-report and collateral data, compulsory commitment
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-2941Local ID: 2666OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-2941DiVA: diva2:27973
Available from: 2008-12-16 Created: 2008-12-16Bibliographically approved

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