Telephone vs face-to-face interviewing in a community psychiatric survey

Am J Public Health. 1993 Jun;83(6):896-8. doi: 10.2105/ajph.83.6.896.


This study compared telephone with face-to-face interviewing in a community psychiatric survey. Two groups of women were investigated, Holocaust survivors and Europe-born respondents who were in prestate Israel during World War II. Both were administered the Psychiatric Research Interview Demoralization Scale and a short item scale investigating World War II experiences. Results showed a high compliance rate to the telephone mode. The subjects' scores in the two modes were highly correlated. Telephone interviewing seems to be a reliable and efficient method in areas with a well-developed network of subscribers.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Community Psychiatry*
  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Female
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic / methods*
  • Jews / psychology
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Telephone
  • War Crimes