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Table 2 Recruitment rates

From: Oral prednisolone for acute otitis media in children: a pilot, pragmatic, randomised, open-label, controlled study (OPAL study)

Recruitment details according logbook Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Monthly mean
Recruitment ratea (%) 0 48 33.3 44.4 33.3 66.7 40 40 35.7 20.7 38.5
Screened children with AOM 1 25 18 9 6 15 15 15 28 29 16.1
Recruited to the study 0 12 6 4 2 10 6 6 10 6 6.2
Did not meet study criteria 0 7 4 2 2 4 7 8 14 21  
Onset > 2 days 0 4 3 2 1 3 4 4 7 10  
Prior antibiotic/steroid intake 0 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 4 8  
Chronic/immunodeficiency disorders 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0  
Unable for follow-up visits 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 3  
Declined to participate 1 5 6 3 1 1 0 1 4 1  
Not offered participation 0 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 1  
  1. aRecruitment rate = children with AOM aged six month to 12 years who were recruited into the study divided by all children with AOM aged six months to 12 years who were being assessed for the study by participating physicians