dinnertime bias

dinnertime bias2016-12-12T18:37:59+00:00

dinnertime bias


Definition A systematic error introduced in telephone interview type surveys which occurs when the interviewee is otherwise occupied–e.g., by preparing or eating dinner.

Comment Dinnertime bias may cause a shift in responses to questions toward those that the interviewee believes will most expeditiously end the interview, and/or prevent further telephone calls. 

Reference JAMA 1995 Oct 18;274(15):120

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