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Table 2 Reasons for non-enrolment to the trial

From: Design, planning and implementation lessons learnt from a surgical multi-centre randomised controlled trial

Reason Frequency
Not eligible 198
Patient not approached 109
 Clinical decision 41
 Patient did not attend appointment/uncontactable 26
 Unknown 42
Patient approached 292
 Patient preference 251
  Patient preference for RBL 128
  Patient preference for HAL 70
  Patient did not want any intervention or treatment 39
  Patient preference for other surgery 5
  Patient preference for immediate treatment 3
  Patient preference related to general anaesthetic 6
 Patient unsure or declined (no further reason given) 29
 Other reason 12
Total 599
  1. Adapted with permission from Brown et al. 2016 [27]. HAL haemorrhoidal artery ligation, RBL rubber band ligation
  2. Bold text represents the higher-level reason for non-recruitment, with the detailed breakdown provided by the non-bold text
  3. Bold text represents the higher-level reason for non-recruitment, with the detailed breakdown provided by the non-bold text