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Table 3 Types of general practices, general practice characteristics, GP characteristics, and number of patients recruited

From: Strategies for recruitment in general practice settings: the iSOLVE fall prevention pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial

Practice size represented by number of GPs in each practicea,bSmall practicesMedium-sized practicesLarge practicesTotal
Solo
GP
2–3
GPs
4–6
GPs
7–10
GPs
11–20 GPs> 20
GPs
General practice characteristicsNumber of practices
Practices recruited52883127
Person in facilitator role       
 GP31-2--6
 Practice manager-1543-13
 Nurse2-22-17
 Main receptionist--1---1
GP recruitment status       
 All/most GPs recruited5133--12
 Half of practice recruited--531-9
 Only one or a few GPs recruited-1-2216
GP characteristicsNumber of GPs
 GPs recruited53252911275
 Genderb       
 Male419113230
 Female1216188-45
Years in practice as a GP       
 < 5 years--31--4
 5–10 years1-231-7
 > 10 years43202510264
Percentage patients ≥65 years       
 1–20%12565120
 21–40%4111106133
 41–60%--610--16
 61–80%--33--6
Patient recruitment numberNumber of patients
Number of patient mailouts38360218811746c4941355241
Number of patients responded
Response rate (% mailed)
64
17%
83
14%
388
21%
401
23%
126
26%
29
21%
1091
21%
Target patient number to recruit (20 patients per practice)10040160160c6020540
Number of patients recruited
Recruited rate (% mailed)
35
9%
39
6%
207
11%
189
11%
70
14%
20
15%
560
11%
  1. aAt baseline. Medium-sized practices tended to employ regular practice staff to assist with daily practice administration compared to small practices; large practices tended to employ even more practice staff and had multiple co-located services
  2. bWhen comparing with unpublished SNPHN (study area) data (2017), GP practices recruited were under-representative of solo and small GP practices (2–5 GPs) (55% iSOLVE, 75% SNPHN) and over-representative of medium-large GP practices (over 5 GPs) (44% iSOLVE, 24% SNPHN). The female:male ratio of GPs in our study (60:40) is similar to SNPHN data (58:42)
  3. cPatient recruitment was conducted with 26 GP practices as 1 practice (3 GPs) withdrew after randomisation and did not proceed with patient recruitment