Surveying alcohol and other drug use through telephone sampling: a comparison of landline and mobile phone samples Livingston, Michael en_US Dietze, Paul en_US Ferris, Jason en_US Pennay, Darren en_US Hayes, Linda en_US Lenton, Simon en_US 2021-11-25T12:28:53Z 2021-11-25T12:28:53Z 2013 en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Telephone surveys based on samples of landline telephone numbers are widely used to measure the prevalence of health risk behaviours such as smoking, drug use and alcohol consumption. An increasing number of households are relying solely on mobile telephones, creating a potential bias for population estimates derived from landline-based sampling frames which do not incorporate mobile phone numbers. Studies in the US have identified significant differences between landline and mobile telephone users in smoking and alcohol consumption, but there has been little work in other settings or focussed on illicit drugs. Methods: This study examined Australian prevalence estimates of cannabis use, tobacco smoking and risky alcohol consumption based on samples selected using a dual-frame (mobile and landline) approach. Respondents from the landline sample were compared both to the overall mobile sample (including respondents who had access to a landline) and specifically to respondents who lived in mobile-only households. Bivariate comparisons were complemented with multivariate logistic regression models, controlling for the effects of basic demographic variables. Results: The landline sample reported much lower prevalence of tobacco use, cannabis use and alcohol consumption than the mobile samples. Once demographic variables were adjusted for, there were no significant differences between the landline and mobile respondents on any of the alcohol measures examined. In contrast, the mobile samples had significantly higher rates of cannabis and tobacco use, even after adjustment. Weighted estimates from the dual-frame sample were generally higher than the landline sample across all substances, but only significantly higher for tobacco use. Conclusions: Landline telephone surveys in Australia are likely to substantially underestimate the prevalence of tobacco smoking by excluding potential respondents who live in mobile-only households. In contrast, estimates of alcohol consumption and cannabis use from landline surveys are likely to be broadly accurate, once basic demographic weighting is undertaken. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2288 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.title Surveying alcohol and other drug use through telephone sampling: a comparison of landline and mobile phone samples en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
dcterms.accessRights open access
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
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unsw.relation.FunderRefNo APP1053029 en_US
unsw.relation.FunderRefNoURL en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Medicine & Health
unsw.relation.fundingScheme NHMRC Early Career Fellowship en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 41 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal BMC Medical Research Methodology en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 1-7 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 13 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Livingston, Michael, National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Dietze, Paul, The Burnet Institute en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Ferris, Jason, University of Queensland en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Pennay, Darren, Social Research Centre en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Hayes, Linda, Cancer Council Victoria en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Lenton, Simon, Curtin University en_US NDARC *
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