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Table 5 Feedback obtained from participants

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

Agreement with the statement "Interviews were too long" Face-to-face interviews N = 84 (%) Telephone interviews
N = 84 (%)
Strongly disagree 37 (44.0%) 34 (40.5%)
Disagree 41 (48.8%) 45 (53.6%)
No opinion 1 (1.2%) 0
Agree 1 (1.2%) 2 (2.4%)
Strongly agree 4 (4.8%) 3 (3.6%)
Which questions were too difficult or unpleasant? Number of patients who reported this
Cognitive tests were too easy or irrelevant 6
Gait speed test, felt shy walking in clinic where other people can see the person walk 1
The interview was too easy 2
Most of questions are not relevant as patient did not feel sick, more suited for more sick patients 2
All questions were relevant 3
The questions were okay (not too strenuous) 3
Too much questions 2
The wide variety of questions makes it interesting 1
Which items/topics with regard to health and functional status are missing? Number of patients who reported this
Living situation (are you happy where you live?) 1
Perceptions of treatment 1
   Number of patients who reported this
Social support/care received from family and friends 2
Loneliness 1
Which items/topics with regard to health and functional status are missing? Number of patients who reported this
Physical activity/hobbies (changes in type and amount of activities) 2
Nutritional problems including change in taste 1
Future (life after treatment) 2
Other comments or suggestions with regard to the conduct of this study Number of patients who reported this
I enjoyed participating in this study 30
Comments with regard to specific hospital services that are lacking 2