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Altruism and participation in longitudinal health research? Insights from the Whitehall II Study


  • Mein, Gill
  • Seale, Clive
  • Rice, Helen
  • Johal, Suneeta
  • Ashcroft, Richard E.
  • Ellison, George
  • Tinker, Anthea


Research that follows people over a period of time (longitudinal or panel studies) is important in understanding the ageing process and changes over time in the lives of older people. Older people may choose to leave studies due to frailty, or illness and this may diminish the value of the study. However, people also drop out of studies for other reasons and understanding the motivation behind participation or drop out may prevent further loss of valuable longitudinal information and assist the continuation of longitudinal studies.

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  • Mein, Gill & Seale, Clive & Rice, Helen & Johal, Suneeta & Ashcroft, Richard E. & Ellison, George & Tinker, Anthea, 2012. "Altruism and participation in longitudinal health research? Insights from the Whitehall II Study," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 75(12), pages 2345-2352.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:75:y:2012:i:12:p:2345-2352
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.09.006

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    1. Ribisl, Kurt M. & Walton, Maureen A. & Mowbray, Carol T. & Luke, Douglas A. & Davidson, William S. & Bootsmiller, Bonnie J., 1996. "Minimizing participant attrition in panel studies through the use of effective retention and tracking strategies: Review and recommendations," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 19(1), pages 1-25, February.
    2. Morris, Norma & BĂ lmer, Brian, 2006. "Volunteer human subjects' understandings of their participation in a biomedical research experiment," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 62(4), pages 998-1008, February.
    3. Mein, G. & Higgs, P. & Ferrie, J. & Stansfeld, S. A., 1998. "Paradigms of retirement: the importance of health and ageing in the whitehall ii study," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 47(4), pages 535-545, August.
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    1. Drevs, Florian & Gebele, Christoph & Tscheulin, Dieter K., 2014. "The patient perspective of clinical training—An empirical study about patient motives to participate," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 118(1), pages 74-83.


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