Volume 54 | Number 5 | October 2019

Abstract List

J. Lee Hargraves Ph.D., Carol Cosenza MSW, Marc N. Elliott, Paul D. Cleary Ph.D.


To examine the effect of changing the sampling and reference periods for the Clinician & Group Survey from 12 to 6 months.

Data Sources/Study Setting

Adult patients with a visit in the last 12 months to New England community health centers.

Study Design

We randomly assigned patients to receive a survey with either a 12‐ or 6‐month recall period.

Data Collection/Extraction Methods

Questionnaires were mailed to patients, with a second questionnaire mailed to nonrespondents, followed by six attempts to complete a telephone interview.

Principal Findings

If the sampling criterion was a visit in the last 6 months, 9 percent of those with a visit in the last 12 months would not have been surveyed. A total of 1837 patients completed 6‐month surveys (44.9 percent response rate); 588 completed 12‐month surveys (46.0 percent response rate). Shortening the reference from 12 to 6 months reduced the proportion of respondents reporting a blood test, X‐ray, or other tests. Adjusting for respondent characteristics, the most positive response was selected more often on the 6‐month survey for 12 out of 13 questions, and three of these differences were statistically significant (<0.05).


Surveys using a 6‐month recall period may yield slightly higher scores than surveys with a 12‐month recall period.