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Getting the finger out on random-digit dialling

Stuart C Howell and Guy D Eslick
Med J Aust 2003; 179 (11): 664.
Published online: 1 December 2003

To the Editor: Random-digit dialling is commonly used to select samples in telephone surveys. It has been used as a method of selecting survey samples for a diverse range of topics ranging from chronic pain to lesbian health issues.1,2 However, the method has come under criticism in recent years, primarily on the basis that a large number of residents are systematically excluded from the sample.

  • Stuart C Howell1
  • Guy D Eslick2

  • Department of Medicine, Nepean Hospital, Penrith, NSW.

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