Max Rady College of Medicine

Term: Respondent Attrition

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2006-10-20


Loss of subjects (e.g.,. respondents answering questions in a survey or interview) over the course of the research project. Attrition may be a source of bias if the subjects who are lost make the sample less representative of the population.


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