Predictors of follow-up in a sample of urban crack users

Kristine Ziek, Mark Beardsley, Sherry Deren, Stephanie Tortu

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The study identifies factors associated with completing a follow-up interview in an AIDS outreach/intervention research project targeting out-of-treatment crack smokers. Information on clients less likely to return for follow-up is important to determine generalizability of findings and to develop methods to increase follow-up rates. A street-based targeted sampling plan was used to recruit out-of-treatment crack cocaine users in East Harlem, NYC. Structured baseline (n = 409) and 6 month follow-up interviews (n = 288) were administered. Analyses comparing those followed-up and not followed-up indicated that clients less likely to be located for a follow-up were younger, male, using crack more frequently at baseline, and living on the streets or in shelters. This study demonstrated that street based AIDS prevention projects requiring follow-up can access hard to reach subjects such as crack users. Methods to enhance follow-up rates are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-224
Number of pages6
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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