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CEH-L contributed to the design and implementation of the study, supervised the field activities and drafted the structure of the text. CEH-L, JN, AK, DW, AW, JK, JB and JB contributed to the overall design of the study, designed the study’s analytic strategy, reviewed and contributed to all sections of the text. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
This paper describes the first phase of the LINKIN Health Study, which aims to evaluate health system functioning within a rural population. Locally relevant data on the health status and service usage of this population, including non-users and users, health service providers traditionally omitted from health services research, and multiple socio-economic indicators, was collected using a self-complete health census. Household response was 75% (N = 4425). Response was greater when face-to-face contact was made at delivery compared to when questionnaires were left in the letterbox (89% vs 64%), falling to 26% when no face-to-face contact was made at either delivery or collection.