Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Smokers’ BMI and Perceived Health: Does the Order of Questions Matter?

"Smokers’ BMI and Perceived Health: Does the Order of Questions Matter?" is the title of a paper I wrote that was just published at Preventive Medicine Reports.  The link is here.  This was coauthored with Richard O'Connor and Maansi Bansal-Travers.

Here is the abstract:
We surveyed 431 daily smokers between November 2014-March 2015 to examine the impact of the order of questions on the response to a self-reported health question as part of a larger experimental study. We randomized the question order, with some respondents providing their weight prior to self-reporting their health, while others did the opposite. We found that self-reported health outcomes are worse when smokers are first asked to report their weight. However, the order of questions only seems to impact those who are overweight as we did not find evidence that the order of questions affected responses for those with a BMI below 25. These findings suggest that the order of asking self-rated health and weight questions appears to matter, at least for overweight current smokers.

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