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Table 4 Location of Interview and Number of Interviews Needed to Complete the Questionnaire

From: Participation of older newly-diagnosed cancer patients in an observational prospective pilot study: an example of recruitment and retention

Interview 1 Baseline Face-to-face N = 112 Number of interviews
Face-to face interview at home 64 (57.1%)
Face-to-face interview at the hospital 48 (42.9%)
Complete interview and interview time available 87 (77.7%)
Interview 2 Telephone interview after 6 weeks N = 101  
Interview by telephone 65 (64.4%)
In hospital face-to-face interview 14 (13.9%)
Returned self-administrated questionnaire by mail 9 (8.9%)
Returned self-administrated questionnaire in hospital 13 (12.9%)
Number of Interviews 2 postponed and reason 16 (100%)
Not feeling well 5 (31.3%)
Postponed to combine with next hospital visit 2 (12.5%)
Away for holiday 1 (6.3%)
Admitted to hospital 3 (18.8%)
Had not received questionnaire by mail 3 (18.8%)
For other reasons (too busy) 2 (12.5%)
Interview 3 Face-to-face interview after 12 weeks N = 97  
Face-to face interview at home 45 (46.4%)
Face-to-face interview at the hospital 45 (46.4%)
Filled out questionnaire at home and measurements in hospital 6 (6.2%)
Returned self-administrated questionnaire by mail* 1 (1.0%)
Complete interview and interview time available 78 (80.4%)
Number of Interviews 3 postponed and reason 14 (100%)
Not feeling well 4 (28.6%)
Postponed to combine with next hospital visit 3 (21.4%)
Away for holiday 3 (21.4%)
Admitted to hospital 1 (7.1%)
For other reasons (too busy) 3 (21.4%)
Interview 4 telephone interview after 18 weeks N = 94  
Interview by telephone 56 (59.6%)
In hospital face-to-face interview 14 (14.9%)
Returned questionnaire by mail* 8 (8.5%)
Returned questionnaire in clinic 16 (17.0%)
Number of Interviews 4 postponed and reason 10 (100%)
Not feeling well 4 (40.0%)
Illness/death family or friends 1 (10.0%)
Postponed to combine with next hospital visit 1 (10.0%)
Admitted to hospital 2 (20.0%)
Had not received questionnaire by mail 2 (20.0)
Interview 5 Face-to-face interview after 24 weeks N = 91  
Face-to face interview at home 46 (50.5%)
Face-to-face interview at the hospital 35 (36.1%)
Face-to-face interview in Rehab center 1 (1.1%)
Returned self-administrated questionnaire by mail* 1 (1.1%)
Filled out questionnaire at home, measurements in clinic 8 (8.8%)
Complete interview and interview time available 71 (78.0%)
Number of Interviews postponed and reason 21 (23.1%)
Not feeling well 4 (19.0%)
Illness/death family or friends 3 (14.3%)
Postponed to combine with next hospital visit 5 (23.8%)
Away for holiday 4 (19.0)
Admitted to hospital 3 (14.3%)
For other reasons (too busy) 2 (9.5%)
  1. * One respondent moved to Australia and continued completing the questionnaires.