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Table 2 Process evaluation methods

From: A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of the Welsh National Exercise Referral Scheme: protocol for trial and integrated economic and process evaluation

Participants Methods Areas for investigation
Welsh Assembly Government representatives (n = 3) Group interviews and email/telephone communication Programme theory
Programme diffusion and barriers and facilitators to implementation
General Practices (n = 9) Group interviews with primary care clinicians (GPs, practice nurses; practice managers) Recruitment
Uptake and reach
All exercise co-ordinators (n = 12) One to one telephone interviews Fidelity and dose
Programme diffusion and barriers and facilitators to implementation
Recruitment
Uptake and reach
Trial experience and implementation
All exercise professionals (n = 38) One to one telephone interviews Fidelity and dose
Patient experiences - perceived impact and processes of change
Uptake and reach
Trial experience and implementation
Patient interviews (n = 32 within 6 centres) Group and one to one interviews with patients at varying stages of the scheme Patient experiences - perceived impact and processes of change
Exercise professionals (n = 23) Recordings of at least one first consultation for all exercise professional and coding using Behaviour Change Counselling Index (BECCI; (Lane, Huws-Thomas et al. 2005). Fidelity
Routine monitoring data (1080 patients) Secondary analyses Fidelity and dose
Uptake and reach