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METHODOLOGY

  pp. 1048-1051

Harris DR; Lemeshow S; Lwanga SK; Chin J; Duchesneau R. Evaluation of a standardized survey design proposed for use in epidemiological research on AIDS. International Journal of Epidemiology, 20(4),1048-56,1991.

  pp. 1052-1056

Abstract: A Monte Carlo model simulating actual populations was employed to evaluate the precision in estimation of a standardized sampling method proposed by the Global Programme on AIDS of the World Health Organization, for general use in collecting population-based data on HIV seroprevalence. It appears that in real populations, where there is likely to be 'pocketing' of infection, the proposed methodology will generally fail to provide estimates accurate to within 1% of the true population value. However, if the primary objective of a particular survey is to construct confidence intervals that include the true population HIV seroprevalence rate, then this survey method appears to be a reasonable choice. This study also suggests that selection of only one adult per household improves the precision of resulting estimates. However, since selection of only one adult per household would require that more households be visited, any gain in precision would need to be weighed against the likely increase in cost of household visits.

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