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Table 4 Participation at household (HH) level, Belgian health interview survey 1997 - 2008

From: Methodological basics and evolution of the Belgian health interview survey 1997–2008

  1997 2001 2004 2008
  Abs. % Abs. % Abs. % Abs. %
Non-existing address *** *** 25 0.2 31 0.2 93 0.7
HH doesn’t live at address *** *** 232 2.1 983 7.5 2,328 16.1
Non-contable HH 3,601 31.2 1,978 17.6 1,445 11 1,462 10.1
Refusing HH 3,303 28.6 3,496 31.1 4,107 31.4 4,746 32.9
Participating HH 4,664 31.2 5,533 49 6,530 49.9 5,809 40.2
Invited HH 11,568 100 11,264 100 13,096 100 14,438 100
  1. *** For the BHIS1997, it was not possible to distinguish on-participation due to a non-existing address nor to the fact that the household didn’t live at the indicated address. Such cases were included in the category ’non-contactable households’.