convenience sample


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convenience sample

A group of research subjects selected casually, without scrupulously randomizing them, usually because they are easily accessible to the researcher.
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Although many of our management and psychology colleagues dream of large organizational samples of paired supervisor/employee dyads or entrepreneur interviews to help answer research questions, the fact is that the majority of social/behavioral scientists must rely on convenience samples to collect data.
This descriptive study used a nonrandomized convenience sample to determine the incidence of NPUs when securing the NGT with a commercially available device compared to conventional adhesive tape.
A study of a convenience sample found that the male partner's circumcision status had a significant impact on a woman's sexual pleasure (O'Hara & O'Hara, 1999).
After appropriate literature searches, the investigators developed a survey instrument, and a convenience sample of nursing faculty was used to gather information.
Thus, a convenience sample of two or three thousand respondents is gathered and because there is original data even more sophisticated analysis may be accomplished.
Nearly all studies used a convenience sample. The subjects were college students (religious and medical), members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), manufacturing employees or retirees, and other adults recruited from churches and housing projects.
Of course, differences from study populations might explain the disparity in results (the former being from a breath clinic and the latter from a convenience sample of older individuals).
A convenience sample of 263 eligible participants was drawn from 330 surveys returned, consisting mostly of females (52.9%), White (85.9%), Protestant (26.6%), and gay (36.5%) or lesbian (33.8%).
She presented a study of a convenience sample of 278 adult outpatients with chronic stage C heart failure who participated in structured in-home interviews by trained research assistants who assessed medication adherence during the previous month.
A cross-sectional study of a convenience sample of 537 men who have ever reported anal sex with another man was carded out using a structured survey and rapid-kit HIV screening.
In July-August 2003, a non-random, convenience sample of 69 SW was selected from 13 of the 16 Mexico City districts by finding and approaching sanitation vehicles during their daily rounds.
Researchers used data from a convenience sample of women, identified through both facility- and population-based recruitment, who participated in interviews at least one month after receiving their HIV diagnosis.