Recapture of the study on the reproductive function of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Young Men after 8 years
S. Nikulina1, S\. Abramavicius1, R. Preiksa1, V. Matulevicius1, V. Adomaitiene1, R. Linkevicius1, R. Verkauskiene1, N. Sabeckiene1, B. Zilaitiene1, J. Pundzius2 & I. Saukiene3
In 20032004 year a study named The Reproductive Function of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Young Men, 1825 year aged, was performed (QLK4-CT-1999-01422, NAS: QLK4-CT-2001-02911). Determination of semen quality, physical appearance and testicular size in relation to the level of reproductive hormones and environment, including life style factors was performed.
The aim of our study was to recapture young men, who had participate in the study 78 years ago and repeat the same examination also to examine the sexuality of these young men using EMAS- Sexual Functions Questionnaire, translated and approved for using in Lithuania. This group will be one of the groups in which relationship between general health, sexuality and physical activity and fitness will be performed.
Using the contacts (name, surname, address, phone number) we have, but keeping ones confidenciality, searched for everyone, who had participated at the study in 2003 2004 year. The search was performed by phone, sending a posted letter; inviting through internet news-portal www.Delfi.lt, social network www.Facebook.lt, and internet phone network Skype.
Ninety nine (30.27%) men were recaptured. 86 (86.86%) men were recaptured by phone; 9 (9.09%) men- using internet news portal www.Delfi.lt; 4 (4.04%) men- by internet phone network Skype; 1 (1.01%) man by post; and none by social network www.Facebook.lt. 4 (4.04%) of recaptured men refused to continue the research. Using given contact data (phone number and address) were recaptured 87 (87.87%) men, and using modern technologies (internet news portal, social networks)- 13 (13.13%) men.
It is known that 7 (2.14%) men live in foreign countries today, and one man was killed few years ago.
According to young age of our participants we believed that majority of them could change their living place, phone number or emigrate. Despite that, most of participants were found using given contact data by phone. And modern technologies didnt approved our expectations and minority was recaptured using internet news portal, phone network or social network.
Declaration of interest: The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest that could be perceived as prejudicing the impartiality of the research project.
Funding: This research did not receive any specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sector.