Do noncontingent incentives increase survey response rates among mental health providers? A randomized trial comparison

Kristin M. Hawley, Jonathan R. Cook, Amanda Jensen-Doss

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Abstract

Surveys can be a useful tool for mental health services research. Unfortunately, clinicians typically show low response rates to surveys. To determine whether noncontingent incentives would increase responses among clinicians, we compared no incentive versus four incentives (mood magnet, $1, $2, $5) on response to a 7-page self-report survey of mental health assessment and treatment practices in a sample of 500 clinicians from the 5 largest professional guilds. Noncontingent monetary incentives significantly increased response rate compared to no incentive across all disciplines. Noncontingent monetary incentives are discussed as a cost-effective method for increasing survey response rate among mental health clinicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-348
Number of pages6
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Incentives
  • Mental health services
  • Response rate
  • Survey research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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