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Table 2 General practitioners' stated reasons for withdrawing from the study

From: Recruiting and retaining GPs and patients in intervention studies: the DEPS-GP project as a case study

POSTAL QUESTIONNAIRE
  New South Wales Victoria Queensland South Australia Western Australia TOTAL
  N % N % N % N % N % N %
Not enough time/Too busy 37 25.5 23 38.3 35 35.7 9 18.0 7 19.4 111 28.5
Not enough patients 13 9.0 7 11.7 7 7.1 3 6.0 1 2.8 31 8.0
Difficulty recruiting patients 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
Patients didn't like questions/questionnaire 0 0.0 1 1.7 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 0.3
No staff support 2 1.4 1 1.7 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 2.8 4 1.0
No colleague support 1 0.7 1 1.7 1 1.0 1 2.0 1 2.8 5 1.3
Problems with creating patient list 11 7.6 3 5.0 1 1.0 1 2.0 3 8.3 19 4.9
Other 13 9.0 8 13.3 11 11.2 5 10.0 5 13.9 42 10.8
No reason 68 46.9 16 26.7 43 43.9 31 62.0 18 50.0 176 45.2
Total 145 100.0 60 100.0 98 100.0 50 100.0 36 100.0 389 100.0
PRACTICE AUDIT
  New South Wales Victoria Queensland South Australia Western Australia TOTAL
  N % N % N % N % N % N %
Not enough time/Too busy 11 35.5 9 50.0 3 23.1 0 0.0 3 42.9 26 32.5
Not enough patients 0 0.0 1 5.6 2 15.4 0 0.0 0 0.0 3 3.8
Difficulty recruiting patients 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 7.7 2 18.2 1 14.3 4 5.0
Patients didn't like questions/questionnaire 2 6.5 1 5.6 3 23.1 1 9.1 2 28.6 9 11.3
No staff support 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
No colleague support 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 7.7 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 1.3
Problems with creating patient list 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
Other 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
No reason 18 58.1 7 38.9 3 23.1 8 72.7 1 14.3 37 46.3
Total 31 100.0 18 100.0 13 100.0 11 100.0 7 100.0 80 100.0
TOTAL
  New South Wales Victoria Queensland South Australia Western Australia TOTAL
  N % N % N % N % N % N %
Not enough time/Too busy 48 27.3 32 41.0 38 34.2 9 14.8 10 23.3 137 29.2
Not enough patients 13 7.4 8 10.3 9 8.1 3 4.9 1 2.3 34 7.2
Difficulty recruiting patients 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 0.9 2 3.3 1 2.3 4 0.9
Patients didn't like questions/questionnaire 2 1.1 2 2.6 3 2.7 1 1.6 2 4.7 10 2.1
No staff support 2 1.1 1 1.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 2.3 4 0.9
No colleague support 1 0.6 1 1.3 2 1.8 1 1.6 1 2.3 6 1.3
Problems with creating patient list 11 6.3 3 3.8 1 0.9 1 1.6 3 7.0 19 4.1
Other 13 7.4 8 10.3 11 9.9 5 8.2 5 11.6 42 9.0
No reason 86 48.9 23 29.5 46 41.4 39 63.9 19 44.2 213 45.4
Total 176 100.0 78 100.0 111 100.0 61 100.0 43 100.0 469 100.0