A logistic model was used to analyse questionnaire return in a postal survey of 311 coalminers who had left their place of employment between 1977 and 1982. Three measures of respiratory health, obstruction, restriction, and presence of chronic bronchitis symptoms, were included in the model as predictors together with the possibly confounding factors of age, education, and marital and smoking status. Age was positively associated with questionnaire return (p less than 0.001). Speed of return, and whether the return was in response to a prompt, were not predicted by either the respiratory health measures or any of the other possibly confounding variables.
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