Hi boffin and JT,
The aim of the study is basically to understand the decision making process behind people deciding to uses steroids, then to understand why they seek medical advice or what prompts them to, then to further understand how they were treated by the health service.
The study is an Interpretive Phennomoligical Analysis (IPA). Essentially it is qualitative and exploring the phenomenon of AAS use.
Essentially if we interview enough people certain trends and findings will raise there head and will correlate.
You are right Boffin, if I was recruiting for a different type of study I would be skewing the data. However in this case I am simply exploring a specific aspect of steroid use.
Also the type of study you are talking about has already been done by others. Of steroid users one study found that 77% experienced side effects and 15% had permanent side effects.
traditionally men under report to the medical profession eg if they have a flu they might just grind it out or if they find a lump they will wait a month before seeking help.... with a "taboo" around AAS use this exacerbates the problem and therefore this study will hopefully help us understand how to get those who have had issues to report earlier. Hence the recruitment of subjects is quite important.