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Assessing the Quality of Height and Weight Data Collected During Telephone Interviews

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The collection of accurate height and weight data is critically important for health studies. The combination of height and weight yields a personís body mass index (BMI), which is a measure used to determine if a person meets the threshold for clinical obesity. This paper analyzes height and weight data collected from two studies sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that examine the prevalence and incidence of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). CFS is prolonged fatigue that cannot be explained by another medical or psychiatric condition. Height and weight are important measures in CFS research because obesity is one of several medical conditions that excludes a diagnosis of CFS.

The analysis in this paper focuses on the self-reported height and weight data collected during telephone interviews and compares those data to the actual height and weight collected during physical examinations. Our paper examines the differences in these two sets of data and compares the results among various demographic groupings (sex, age, race, ethnicity). It also discusses the implications for health studies that collect this data via telephone interviews and examines methods and strategies for collecting more accurate data.

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data quality, height and weight, BMI, telephone interviews
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Smith, Keith. and Morrissey, Marjorie. "Assessing the Quality of Height and Weight Data Collected During Telephone Interviews" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association For Public Opinion Association, Fontainebleau Resort, Miami Beach, FL, <Not Available>. 2009-05-25 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p16942_index.html>

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Smith, K. and Morrissey, M. "Assessing the Quality of Height and Weight Data Collected During Telephone Interviews" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association For Public Opinion Association, Fontainebleau Resort, Miami Beach, FL <Not Available>. 2009-05-25 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p16942_index.html

Publication Type: Paper/Poster Proposal
Abstract: The collection of accurate height and weight data is critically important for health studies. The combination of height and weight yields a personís body mass index (BMI), which is a measure used to determine if a person meets the threshold for clinical obesity. This paper analyzes height and weight data collected from two studies sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that examine the prevalence and incidence of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). CFS is prolonged fatigue that cannot be explained by another medical or psychiatric condition. Height and weight are important measures in CFS research because obesity is one of several medical conditions that excludes a diagnosis of CFS.

The analysis in this paper focuses on the self-reported height and weight data collected during telephone interviews and compares those data to the actual height and weight collected during physical examinations. Our paper examines the differences in these two sets of data and compares the results among various demographic groupings (sex, age, race, ethnicity). It also discusses the implications for health studies that collect this data via telephone interviews and examines methods and strategies for collecting more accurate data.

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