What is the purpose of the introductory statement? Can it be changed?

The introductory statement (The next questions ask about difficulties you may have doing certain activities because of a HEALTH PROBLEM) was included for the purpose of transitioning from topic to topic in a census context.  The census format includes a small number of questions on different topics with topics changing quickly. The purpose of the introductory statement was to inform the respondent that the next set of questions had a health context. For example, if these questions followed a series of questions on another subject, sanitation, for example, the introductory statement would provide a transition to more health-related subject matter. In a larger survey, where this module might follow other health-related questions, and where the context is already established, the introductory statement could be dropped if the flow of the questionnaire is not adversely affected.

Examples of alternatives to the introductory statement:

  • The next questions ask about difficulties you may have in doing certain activities.
  • Now I am going to ask you some questions about your ability to do different activities.
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