Evaluation issues in the drake chemical workers notification and health registry study.
Leviton-LC; Chen-HT; Marsh-GM; Talbott-EO
Am J Ind Med 1993 Jan; 23(1):197-204
This study concerns the Drake Chemical Workers' Health Registry program which involved notifying workers regarding bladder cancer risk and provided free screening and diagnosis. In determining what channels were the most effective and cost efficient for notifying workers as to this danger, three basic strategies emerged: a mass media campaign within a 50 mile radius of the site, two letters of notification sent to the address of the former workers, and personal contact by the screening coordinator. Every effort was made to contact all participants and recruit them into the study over all 5 years of the project. Over the 5 year period, the project had accrued 81% of the identified workers and 90% have returned for at least one annual or semiannual rescreen. The authors conclude that it is important to use process evaluation to identify key activities for ensuring continued participation of cohort members in ongoing screening events and the need to examine the extent to which participants are willing to quit smoking to protect their health.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-exposure; Bladder-cancer; Medical-screening; Worker-health; Cigarette-smoking; Risk-factors; Epidemiology; Chemical-industry-workers
American Journal of Industrial Medicine