A comparison of the reliability of self-reported drug use and sexual behaviors using computer-assisted versus face-to-face interviewing

Mark L. Williams, Robert C. Freeman, Anne Markey Bowen, Zixian Zhao, William N. Elwood, Chris Gordon, Paul Young, Ryan Rusek, Carmen Anita Signes

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the reliability of responses to HIV risk behavior questions obtained using a voice-enhanced, computer- administered self-interview (audio-CASI) system with touch-screen response compared with those obtained via face-to-face interviews administered by trained and experienced interviewers. Additionally, the study assessed bias that maybe attributable to an audio-CASI data collection format. The design of the study was a four-group crossover design with random assignment to one of four study conditions: (a) audio-CASI interview at both intake and retest, (b) face-to-face interview at both intake and retest, (c) audio-CASI interview at intake and face-to-face interview at retest, and (d) face-to- face interview at intake and audio-CASI interview at retest. The study was conducted with a sample of drug users at risk for HIV infection interviewed in nonclinical settings. Data were collected at intake and 48 hours after intake. Analyses show that data obtained using voice-enhanced computer interviewing with touch-screen response are reliable and are comparable to data obtained using interviewer administered face-to-face interviews. However, bias was found to be associated with data collection format and may be partially attributable to the complexity of the questionnaire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-213
Number of pages15
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume12
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2000
Externally publishedYes

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A comparison of the reliability of self-reported drug use and sexual behaviors using computer-assisted versus face-to-face interviewing. / Williams, Mark L.; Freeman, Robert C.; Bowen, Anne Markey; Zhao, Zixian; Elwood, William N.; Gordon, Chris; Young, Paul; Rusek, Ryan; Signes, Carmen Anita.

In: AIDS Education and Prevention, Vol. 12, No. 3, 06.2000, p. 199-213.

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Williams, ML, Freeman, RC, Bowen, AM, Zhao, Z, Elwood, WN, Gordon, C, Young, P, Rusek, R & Signes, CA 2000, 'A comparison of the reliability of self-reported drug use and sexual behaviors using computer-assisted versus face-to-face interviewing', AIDS Education and Prevention, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 199-213.
Williams, Mark L. ; Freeman, Robert C. ; Bowen, Anne Markey ; Zhao, Zixian ; Elwood, William N. ; Gordon, Chris ; Young, Paul ; Rusek, Ryan ; Signes, Carmen Anita. / A comparison of the reliability of self-reported drug use and sexual behaviors using computer-assisted versus face-to-face interviewing. In: AIDS Education and Prevention. 2000 ; Vol. 12, No. 3. pp. 199-213.
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