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Language as a determinant of participation rates in Finnish health examination surveys.

Authors
  • Tolonen, Hanna1
  • Koponen, Päivikki1
  • Borodulin, Katja1
  • Männistö, Satu1
  • Peltonen, Markku1
  • Vartiainen, Erkki1
  • 1 Department of Public Health Solutions, National Institute of Health and Welfare, Finland. , (Finland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Scandinavian journal of public health
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2017
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1403494817725243
PMID: 28844185
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

The participation rate for the foreign language group was significantly lower than for the Finnish and Swedish groups. In future surveys it will be important to include actions to promote participation, e.g. providing survey material in several languages. These actions will increase costs but will be essential to ensure high participation rates and reliable results for the total population.

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