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The Problems of Tracing

  • Art O'Connor (a1) and Joan Daly (a2)
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The importance of tracing technique and persistence was stressed by Sims. Long-term follow-up studies help to complete the clinical picture, a phrase used by Morris. They also help to clarify such issues as the effectiveness of treatment methods and changes in the socio-demographic status of patients. Unless a high percentage of the follow-up group is effectively traced, then the results of a long-term follow-up study must be suspect.

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1. Sims, A. C. P. (1973) Importance of a high tracing rate in long term medical follow-up studies. Lancet, ii, 433435.
2. Morris, J. N. (1975) Uses of Epidemiology, 3rd Ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
3. O'Connor, A. A. & Daly, J. M. (1985) Alcoholics: A 20-year follow-up study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 146, 645647.
4. Wing, J. (1981) Ethics and psychiatric research. In Psychiatric Ethics (eds. Bloch, Sidney and Chodoff, Paul). Oxford University Press.
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  • Art O'Connor (a1) and Joan Daly (a2)
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