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Table 2 Health estimates for weighted list assisted random digit dialling sample and weighted electronic white pages sample in the New South Wales Population Health Survey in 2003

From: Does sampling using random digit dialling really cost more than sampling from telephone directories: Debunking the myths

  LA-RDD % EWP % Diff % LA-RDD % EWP % Diff % LA-RDD % EWP % Diff %
Indicators Males Females Persons
Health Behaviour
Any alcohol risk drinking 41.1 42.3 1.2 30.1 29.9 -0.2 35.5 36.0 0.5
High alcohol risk drinking 17.7 18.1 0.4 10.8 9.7 -1.1 14.5 14.2 -0.3
Hand washing when handling raw meat 56.4 55.2 -1.2 64.3 63.3 -1 60.7 59.7 -1
Food insecurity in the last 12 months 5.3 4.8 -0.5 6.8 5.6 -1.2 6.0 5.2 -0.8
Recommended daily fruit intake 39.3 39.9 0.6 52.7 53.0 0.3 46.1 46.5 0.4
Usual use of low fat, reduced fat or skim milk 37.2 39.0 1.8 51.0 51.6 0.6 44.2 45.4 1.2
Adequate physical activity 49.3 50.0 0.7 40.2 40.2 0 44.7 45.0 0.3
Use of public water as usual source of water 81.6 81.5 -0.1 80.9 81.8 0.9 81.2 81.7 0.5
Current daily or occasional smoking 24.8 24.0 -0.8 19.7 18.2 -1.5 22.2 21.0 -1.2
Smoke free household 82.1 83.0 0.9 83.0 83.1 0.1 82.6 83.1 0.5
Recommended daily vegetable intake 11.9 11.7 -0.2 26.8 26.3 -0.5 19.5 19.1 -0.4
Health Status
Ever diagnosed with asthma 19.3 18.9 -0.4 22.6 22.0 -0.6 21.0 20.5 -0.5
Current asthma 9.1 9.0 -0.1 12.6 12.0 -0.6 10.9 10.5 -0.4
Overweight or obesity 55.8 55.1 -0.7 41.2 40.9 -0.3 48.5 48.0 -0.5
Diabetes or high blood sugar 7.1 6.7 -0.4 5.7 5.5 -0.2 6.4 6.1 -0.3
Self-rated health status as excellent, very good or good 81.6 81.6 0 79.6 79.8 0.2 80.6 80.7 0.1
High or very high psychological distress 9.3 8.8 -0.5 12.8 12.8 0 11.1 10.9 -0.2
Health Service
Emergency department care rated as excellent, very good or good. 80.3 81.4 1.1 77.9 77.3 -0.6 79.1 79.4 0.3
Difficulty getting health care when needing it 11.4 11.1 -0.3 15.0 14.6 -0.4 13.2 12.9 -0.3
Over night hospital care in the previous 12 months rated as excellent, very good or good 93.1 93.3 0.2 89.8 90.3 0.5 91.3 91.7 0.4
Health Related Social Capital
Attended at least one community event in the previous six months 53.9 54.9 1 61.7 61.5 -0.2 57.9 58.2 0.3
Trust most people 71.6 72.8 1.2 68.0 69.2 1.2 69.8 71.0 1.2
Visit neighbours in the past week 67.0 68.0 1 63.8 64.7 0.9 65.3 66.3 1
  1. Source: New South Wales Health Survey Program, Centre for Epidemiology and Research, New South Wales Department of Health.