Population-based occupational cancer incidence surveillance: Utilization of the telephone interview

G. Marie Swanson, Ann Grossbart Schwartz, Kathleen Lynch Brown

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Abstract

Because population-based surveillance of cancer incidence across a wide variety of industries and occupations is quite rare and because the vast literature in occupational cancer epidemiology concentrates to a great extent on cancer risks among white males, new methods are needed to generate hypotheses about occupational cancer risks. The results of a series of studies conducted during the past six years suggested that the telephone interview could be utilized as an effective method for occupational cancer surveillance. A 10-minute telephone interview that was developed to collect occupational histories, smoking histories, and other related data and some methodologic issues that were tested during a pilot study are described. The authors found the telephone interview to be an effective instrument for obtaining these data. This study suggests that it is important to obtain as high a proportion as possible of the responses from the study patients rather than proxy respondents; that when one cannot interview the patient, proxy respondents can provide much of the data requested; and that supplementing population-based cancer surveillance system data with these interview data is useful in routine monitoring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-444
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Occupational Medicine
Volume27
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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Population-based occupational cancer incidence surveillance : Utilization of the telephone interview. / Swanson, G. Marie; Schwartz, Ann Grossbart; Brown, Kathleen Lynch.

In: Journal of Occupational Medicine, Vol. 27, No. 6, 1985, p. 439-444.

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Swanson, G. Marie ; Schwartz, Ann Grossbart ; Brown, Kathleen Lynch. / Population-based occupational cancer incidence surveillance : Utilization of the telephone interview. In: Journal of Occupational Medicine. 1985 ; Vol. 27, No. 6. pp. 439-444.
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