The feasibility of a street-intercept survey method in an African-American community

Am J Public Health. 1997 Apr;87(4):655-8. doi: 10.2105/ajph.87.4.655.


Objectives: This study evaluates the feasibility of a nonquota, street-intercept survey method that utilized random selection of interview sites.

Methods: The street-intercept survey was compared with a random digit-dial telephone survey conducted in the same catchment area among African-American adults aged 18 or older.

Results: The street-intercept survey's response rate was 80.2%; residence rate, 85.3%; interview completion rate, 97.9%; interference rate, 4.0%; and yield rate, 2.5 interviews per interviewer per hour. The street-intercept method produced more representative distributions of age and sex than the random-digit-dial survey.

Conclusions: The street-intercept method is a feasible alternative to traditional population survey methods and may provide better access to harder-to-reach segments of the urban population in a safe manner.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Black or African American*
  • Data Collection*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Telephone
  • Urban Population