Consent for mobile phone surveys of non-communicable disease risk factors in low-resource settings: an exploratory qualitative study in Uganda

Lack of data for timely decision-making around the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) presents special challenges for policy makers, especially in resource-limited settings. New data collection methods, including pre-recorded Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone surveys, are being developed to support rapid compilation of population-level disease risk factor information in such settings. We aimed to identify information that could be used to optimize consent approaches for future mobile phone surveys (MPS) employed in Uganda and, possibly, similar contexts.

Erisa Mwaka, Janet Nakigudde, Joseph Ali, Joseph Ochieng, Kristina Hallez, Raymond Tweheyo, Alain Labrique, Dustin G. Gibson, Elizeus Rutebemberwa, George Pariyo