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Table 3 Summary of barriers and enablers to the recruitment and retention of general practitioners

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

  Enablers Barriers
Recruitment • Use of existing database
• Minor promotion
• Letter of invitation
• Appealing topic
• Time commitment presented as minimal
• CPD points
• Errors in database
Retention • Establishing relationship with GP and clinic staff and providing regular contact
• Minimising tasks for participants and providing support
• Providing clear instructions for participation
• Creating instructions on how to use software to complete specific project tasks
• GP overestimating eligibility
• Project time-line changes
• Tasks involved with the audit needed to be completed by GP rather than staff
• Inability to follow study protocols
• Use of non-standardised medical record system
• Non-computerised practice
• Patients not wanting to participate