Table 3

Recruitment and Reasons forExclusion of Patient Intervieweesby General Practices
GP list size* Identification method Number of patients identified Number of patients invited Invitations per 100,000 patientsregistered Reasons given for exclusion
3,000 Register of palliative care patients 6 2 66 Cognitive impairment (2), Nursing home residents (2)
3,000 GP knowledge 17 15 500 Cognitive impairment (2)
5,500 Register of palliative care patients 4 4 70
6,000 Register of palliative care patients 9 9 150
6,000 Read code search of database 3 3 50
7,000 Register of palliative care patients 21 11 157 Cognitive impairment (3), Nursing home (1), staying with family (1), emotionally vulnerable (1), near to death (1), does not wish to be invited (1), may live longer than 1 year (2)
7,500 Read code search of database 5 5 66
8,000 Read code search of database 4 4 50
9,000 Practice ‘care board’ 2 2 22
11,000 Register of palliative care patients & GP knowledge 16 9 82 No reasons stated
15,000 GP knowledge 2 2 13
16,000 Register of palliative care patients 9 7 44 ‘Too unwell’ (2)
36,000 Read code search of database 49 49 136

*Data on two practices are not available. List sizes have been rounded to the nearest 500 ensure anonymity.

Two practices listed in Table 3 did provide detailed information about exclusions.

Hanratty et al.

Hanratty et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:342   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-342

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