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Table 1 General practice and general practitioner baseline characteristics

From: Recruitment difficulties in a primary care cluster randomised trial: investigating factors contributing to general practitioners' recruitment of patients

  Participated in patient recruitment and posted questionnaire Dropped out of CRT prior to patient recruitment
Practice factors at baseline N practices   N practices  
Number of practices 81   11  
Number of GPs per practice (SD) 81 5 (3.8) 11 6 (4.1)
No. (%) rural practices 81 29 (36) 11 2 (18)
No. (%) with x-ray facility on site 80 3 (4) 9 1 (11)
No. (%) of industrial practices 81 7 (9) 9 0 (0)
No. (%) of training practices 80 51 (64) 9 6 (67)
Method of billing: 76   9  
   No. (%) Bulk bill   12 (16)   1 (11)
   No. (%) Co-payment   64 (84)   8 (89)
GP factors at baseline N GPs   N GPs  
Number 94   18  
Mean age (years) (SD) 93 54 (10.3) 8 55 (14.1)
No. (%) female 93 33 (35) 10 4 (40)
Mean number of years since graduated (SD) 93 30 (10.2) 8 31 (14.5)
No. (%) with special interest in low-back pain 93 16 (17) 8 0 (0)
No. (%) undertaken LBP continuing education in past year 92 10 (11) 8 1 (12)
Mean number of patients seen per week (SD) 92 126 (55.4) 8 129 (61.6)
Mean number of LBP patients seen per week (SD) (averaged over the previous month) [Median; IQR] 90 12 (17.7) [8; 4 to 10] 8 11 (5.4) [10; 9 to 12]
No. (%) who are members of local GP Division 93 87 (93) 8 7 (87)
  1. CRT = Cluster randomised trial; SD = standard deviation; GPs = general practitioners; IQR = Interquartile range [25th percentile - 75th percentile]