Respondent-Driven Sampling in the Recruitment of Illicit Stimulant Drug Users in a Rural Setting: Findings and Technical IssuesAddictive Behaviors
AbstractIncreasingly, respondent-driven sampling (RDS) is being applied to study not-in-treatment users of illicit drugs. Although RDS has been successfully applied in recruiting active users in densely-populated, metropolitan areas, its utility with hidden populations in rural areas has yet to be determined. This study critically evaluates the sample of not-in-treatment, illicit stimulant drug users (n=249) recruited from the application of RDS in three rural counties in west-central Ohio. The findings of this study largely support the results of earlier studies in urban areas and suggest that RDS is a useful method of sampling hidden drug using populations in less densely populated rural areas. Some limitations of RDS are also discussed.
Citation InformationJichuan Wang, Russel S. Falck, Linna Li, Ahmmed Rahman, et al.. "Respondent-Driven Sampling in the Recruitment of Illicit Stimulant Drug Users in a Rural Setting: Findings and Technical Issues" Addictive Behaviors Vol. 32 Iss. 5 (2007) p. 924 - 937 ISSN: 0306-4603
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