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Table 3 Reasons for joining and staying in the study

From: Maternal participant experience in a South African birth cohort study enrolling healthy pregnant women and their infants

  Number (%) who responded that reason is “very important”  
Variable Mbekweni TC Newman Total sample P-value
Reasons for joining the study     
 Significance of study topic to participant’s health or health of family/friends 289 (97) 275 (98) 564 (97) 0.842
 Belief that participation will improve child’s health 296 (99) 281 (99) 577 (99) 1.000
 For the financial incentive 259 (88) 204 (72) 463 (80) <0.001
 Receiving better health care services through participation 283 (94) 261 (93) 544 (93) 0.386
 Prior positive experience participating in research 269 (91) 249 (88) 518 (89) 0.001
 Hearing of others’ positive experience 260 (88) 224 (79) 484 (84) 0.009
 Making a contribution to science 268 (91) 259 (92) 527 (91) 0.345
 Feeling pressured by others to join 200 (67) 111 (39) 311 (54) <0.001
 Wanting to give back to the community 236 (84) 241 (89) 477 (87) 0.075
Reasons for staying in the study     
 Close relationships with research staff 282 (95) 275 (96) 557 (96) 0.531
 The study is interesting/the participant feels that she is learning 284 (96) 270 (96) 554 (96) 0.947
 Feeling valued 276 (94) 268 (94) 544 (94) 0.696
 Enjoying the individualized attention 268 (92) 264 (94) 532 (93) 0.847
 Being treated better in research than in other settings 276 (93) 258 (91) 534 (92) 0.700
 Having a chance to ask the research team about her/her child’s health 281 (95) 268 (95) 549 (95) 1.000
 Learning about pregnancy and child development 285 (96) 269 (95) 554 (96) 0.432
 Belief that her child’s health is better because of the study 289 (98) 277 (98) 566 (98) 0.905