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Risky drinking of alcohol in Sweden: A randomized population survey comparing web- and paper-based self-reports

Håkan Källmén1 / Kristina Sinadinovic1 / Anne Berman1 / Peter Wennberg1

STAD-section, Centre for Research in Psychiatry, Teknologg. 8E, 11360 Stockholm, Sweden1

Dept. of Clin. Neur. & Stockholm Centre for Dependence, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden2

SoRAD, Stockholm Centre for Dependence & Stockholm University3

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Citation Information: Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Volume 28, Issue 2, Pages 123–130, ISSN (Online) 1458-6126, ISSN (Print) 1455-0725, DOI: 10.2478/v10199-011-0013-4, June 2011

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Risky drinking of alcohol in Sweden: A randomized population survey comparing web- and paper-based self-reports

AIMS - This study compared data quality and response rates for the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) in a web-based versus in a paper-and-pencil format survey. SETTING - Subjects were randomised to one of two parallel samples, one web-based and the other paper-based. Data were collected during 2009. RESULTS - The web-based format yielded a lower response rate compared to the paper version (26.2% vs. 53.6%), internal consistency was quite similar (0.82 vs. 0.77), while the mean AUDIT scores were higher in the web-based format for both men and women. Conclusions - Future studies should focus on methods for combining different administration methods in order to maximize response rates.

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