International Journal of Family Medicine / 2016 / Article / Tab 1

Research Article

General Practitioners’ Participation in a Large, Multicountry Combined General Practitioner-Patient Survey: Recruitment Procedures and Participation Rate

Table 1

Recruitment procedures.

CountrySampling procedureRecruitment methodsRemindersIncentivesFieldworkersSupporting bodiesDuration survey

AustriaBE-mail, personal4 to 590YesAustrian Society of General Practitioners (ÖGAM), GP education networks of Medical Universities in Austria, GP research network of the Medical University of Vienna, district GPs9 months

BelgiumBLetter, telephone, e-mailNot knownPartly: 30 (voucher, cash for the practice or donated to charity)
Partly: nothing
YesNational Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (RIZIV/INAMI)23 months

BulgariaBTelephone, face-to-face2NoneYesNone2 months

CyprusALetter, telephoneNot knownA thank you letter and a small gift (pen)YesMinistry of Health3 months

Czech RepublicBLetter, telephone, personal contactNot knownA textbook on General PracticeYesCzech Society of General Practice, Czech Medical Society Jan Evangelista Purkyne, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, Czech Health Statistics Office 5.5 months

DenmarkBE-mail298,67NoThe Danish College of General Practitioners 4 months

EnglandCLetter and E-mail1 or more£100NoThe National Institute for Health Research Primary Care Research Network8 months

EstoniaALetter, telephone, e-mail2Credits for personal certification and accreditation of practice (based on the certificate issued by the University of Tartu)YesEstonian Association of Family Doctors5.5 months

FinlandDLetter, e-mail, telephone, personal contactNot knownNoneYesGeneral practitioners in Finland (GPF) (union of doctors in health centres) and the Finnish Association for General Practice12 months

GermanyBLetterMaximum 1Lottery 1 Apple iPadYesGerman College of General Practitioners and Family Physicians (DEGAM) (support was mentioned, but no letter from the professional organization)11 months

GreeceDTelephone, letterNot knownCertificate for their participation and also a gratitude letter on behalf of the Scientific CoordinatorYesThe Greek Association of General Practitioners (ELEGEIA)11 months

HungaryDE-mail and personal contactNot knownSmall financial opportunity for choosing books from a list, free-educational coursesYesAll the other 3 departments of family medicine7 months

IcelandALetter and personal contactNoneAn invitation to participate in a seminar were the Icelandic data will be presentedYesIcelandic Family Physician Association; Directorate of Health and Ministry of Welfare3 months

IrelandDLetter, e-mail, personal contact, advertisementNot known500 prices in draw and possibility of obtaining internal credits for professional competence requirementsYesThe Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP)
The ICGP Research Committee and Research Network
11 months

ItalyETelephoneNot knownNoneYesWorld Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) Italia15 months

LatviaBTelephone, e-mail2 to 3Credit pointsYesRiga Stradins University. Rural Family doctors association of Latvia3 months

LithuaniaBPersonallyNot knownNoneYesNone3.5 months

LuxembourgATelephoneNoneNoneYesClinical and Epidemiological Investigation Center (CIEC), Luxemburg Institute of Health9.5 months

MacedoniaBLetter and e-mail6-7NoneYesMacedonian Association of GP/FM specialists 2.5 months

MaltaBTelephoneNoneFinancial reimbursement of 80YesMalta College of Family Doctors
The Foundation Programme Malta
3 months

NetherlandsBLetter, e-mail, telephone3 to 55 GPs could win an iPadYesNone14.5 months

NorwayELetter, e-mail, telephone1 to 4Gift cardsYes, partiallyThe four General Practice Research Units in Norway 6 months

PolandCLetter, telephone, e-mailNoneBooks (literature & fiction)YesRegional branches of the College of Family Physicians 6.5 months

PortugalBLetter, e-mail, telephone2 to 3CertificateYesManagement Boards of the five Health Regions, the National GP Association and the National GP newspaper 5 months

RomaniaBLetter, telephone, e-mail, personal contact1NoneYesThe Romanian College of Physicians 2.5 months

SpainCE-mail, telephoneNot knownCME pointsYes(i) Research Units of Primary Care
(ii) Primary Health Centres accredited to train GPs (Training Units for GPs)
(iii) Institute of Research of Primary Care of Catalonia
8 months

SlovakiaBLetter, telephone, personal contactMaximum 5Lottery: first tombola price is a 4-day trip to Amsterdam and Utrecht for 2 persons. Prices 2. to 50. are different small practical presents for surgery use, f.e. Tonometers, glucometers, medical books, workpads, and so forthYesSlovak Society of General Practice 5 months

SloveniaBLetter, telephone, e-mail2NoneYesInstitute for Development of Family Medicine, Medical Chamber11 months

SwedenBLetter1NoneYes, partiallySwedish Medical Association, General Practice division and their Research Committee 7.5 months

Switzerland BLetter, telephoneMaximum 1A book voucher (81)YesTwo main medical associations (family medicine and General Internal Medicine) 9 months

TurkeyCLetter and personal contactNoneNoneYesMinistry of Health and Health directory of each province participating 2 months

Sampling procedures codes: A = (almost) entire GP population; B = random national sample (stratified or not); C = random sample in preselected regions; D = mixed procedure (random procedure plus selected GPs); E = “opportunity sampling”/volunteers.
The number of reminders was not always well recorded.
The duration of the field work includes the collection of patient data.

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