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Table 2 Understanding of randomisation along with treatment preferences and outcomes

From: Patient experiences of participation in a radical thoracic surgical trial: findings from the Mesothelioma and Radical Surgery Trial 2 (MARS 2)

Participant number Treatment preference Randomisation outcome Understanding of randomisation
1 Surgery Surgery Good
2 Surgery Surgery Good
3 Surgery Surgery Not clear. Participant initially described that he could have received either treatment but later in the interview stated that he had been randomised to surgery as the chemotherapy was not working for him.
4 Surgery Surgery Good
5 Chemotherapy Chemotherapy Good
6 No preference Surgery Poor. Patient thought that doctors make the decision and that the trial is comparing types of surgery
7 No preference Surgery Not clear from discussion
8 No preference Surgery Poor. Patient thought that doctors make the decision
9 Surgery Chemotherapy Good
10 Surgery Chemotherapy Good
11 Chemotherapy Surgery Poor. Patient thought that a computer makes the decision by assessing their individual situation from the information provided
12 Chemotherapy Chemotherapy Poor. Patient thought that a computer makes the decision by assessing their individual situation from the information provided
13 Surgery Chemotherapy Good
14 Chemotherapy Surgery Poor. Patient thought that doctors make the decision and that the trial is comparing types of surgery
15 No preference Chemotherapy Good