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Table 8 Excerpts from recruitment consultations pre and post intervention

From: Optimising recruitment to the HAND-1 RCT feasibility study: integration of the QuinteT Recruitment Intervention (QRI)

Surgeon C:
Excerpt from consultation pre-feedback (February 2016)
Patient 16: “I think I’d like to have, would prefer to have, surgery.”
Surgeon C: “No, that’s absolutely fine”
Excerpt from consultation post-feedback (March 2016)
Patient 22: “…I would love to do this study but I’m just wondering…what to do because I’m already going to have six weeks and then if I have to have another month off, I might not get paid.”
Surgeon C: “No, no, that’s fine. That’s okay. So, which one would you?”
Patient 22: “If I had [needle fasciotomy] it would only be about a week…?”
Surgeon C: “It would be a shorter period but it’s not so good at getting it straight. Just sometimes they don’t come straight at all and we have to go and do the other one anyway. It’s very difficult and that’s why we’re doing the study because we don’t know which is better”
Patient 22: “Yes, right. I’ll do the study then… it’s not up to me, it’s down to the study.”
Surgeon B:
Excerpt from consultation pre-feedback (February 2016)
Surgeon B: “Limited fasciectomy has a higher risk of complications but possibly a longer-term disease-free interval; slightly harder to do repeatedly, but you don’t need it doing as often. Needle fasciotomy: faster recovery, smaller risk of complications, but you might need it doing more often”
Excerpt from consultation post-feedback (August 2016)
Patient 68: “I’m not sure how long it’ll be for things like driving?”
Surgeon B: “Needle fasciotomy 5–6 days, but it does come back we know much faster…Limited fasciectomy, we are probably talking about 3–4 weeks to get back to comfortable, safe driving, but we know that it is a much longer time to recurrence”