The Health and Social Consequences of the 2001 Foot and Mouth Epidemic in North Cumbria
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Composition of the project panel

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The task of the first steering group meeting was to agree the occupational and demographic profile of the panel of respondents to be recruited to the study. Discussions were held about the relative merits of random sampling and purposive sampling, and it was agreed that if the purpose was to gather longitudinal in-depth data from a large panel of respondents about the effects of FMD, a structured purposive sample, carefully selected, and recruited independently and anonymously would be most appropriate. It was decided the panel of 54 citizens should be recruited from 6 occupational groupings which were affected in different ways by the crisis; a detailed profile for each group was then drawn up to guide the recruiter:

Group 1

Farmers, farm-workers and their families. (Farm)

Group 2

Small businesses, to include tourism, arts and crafts, retail and others. (Agricultural related)

Group 3

Related agricultural workers to include livestock hauliers, agricultural contractors and auction mart staff. (Small business)

Group 4

Front line workers, to include DEFRA, Environment Agency, slaughter teams (temporary, seconded and permanent). (Front line worker)

Group 5

Community, to include teachers, clergy, residents near disposal sites. (Community)

Group 6

Health professionals, to include, GPs, community nurses & veterinary practitioners. (Health and veterinary)

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