Why Does a Family Practitioner Take Part in Interventional Research?

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2012.0218-0225

Eine qualitative Analyse mittels Fallinterpretation

german translation / full article

Heinz Harald Abholz, Anja Wollny, Kristina Stock, Attila Altiner

Keywords: Participation Rates Family Medicine Qualitative Research

A Qualitative Analysis Employing Case-Interpretation

Background: When doing research in family medicine, especially intervention studies, there is always the question why some family doctors are taking part and others not.

Methods: After the end of a very successful intervention study on the reduction of prescribing antibiotics for “cough” (CHANGE) every other family practitioner who partcipated was interviewed concerning the reasons for taking part. The 23 audio-taped interviews were analyzed employing two approaches: content analysis using coding (Mayring) and case-interpretation with the interviewed doctors as cases.

Results: In the case-interpretations we found hindering and supportive factors for participation known from literature and our own content analytic part of the study. However, it became obvious that at the end the individual family practitioner and his/her biography was the most important factor for the decision whether or not to partcipate.

Conclusion: The knowledge about supporting and hindering factors when recruiting for a study can simply be used, but one should know that at the end individuals decide for or against partcipation with their biographies in mind. This is an important factor for professional contacts with potential study participants.

(State: 15.05.2012)

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