Table 2

General practitioners' stated reasons for withdrawing from the 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


Williamson et al. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2007 7:42   doi:10.1186/1471-2288-7-42

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