Perception of social value predicts participation in school-based research

Bernadette Pound, Michaela Riddell, Graham Byrnes, Heath Kelly

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Objective: To investigate factors affecting the participation of schools in a serosurvey. Methods: A telephone interview was conducted with a representative of 80 schools (response rate 92%). The schools has been randomly selected to participate in a seroprevalence survey evaluating a measles vaccination campaign of Victorian school-aged children in 1998. Results: Univariate analysis suggested that responses to the interview were not influenced by school level (primary/secondary), geographic location, funding source or participation in the seroprevalence survey. There was, however, a strong association of participation in the seroprevalence survey with the perception of value to students and the value to the community. Factor analysis ident ified two issues: the societal value and practical issues, which explained most of the variance in participation (pseado R2=0.84). Conclusion: The perception of the benefits of the study strongly influenced the decision by school representatives to participate in the seroprevalence survey. Implications: Recruitment of schools for health-related research may be improved if the number of research projects in schools is monitored and possibly restricted, and the social value of the research is emphasised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-545
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes

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