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Table 3 Most common reasons for refusal in active, passive and ill categories

From: Exploring patterns of response across the lifespan: the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (Cam-CAN) study

Active refusals (61% of refusals) N % of Active
 Too busy 1169 38.9
 No reason given 860 28.6
 Cannot be bothered 835 27.8
Passive refusals (3.3% of refusals) N % of Passive
 Refusal by relative 102 62.2
 Refusal by residential/nursing home 26 15.9
 Not in after appointments made 23 14.0
Ill refusals (35.6% of refusals) N % of Ill
 GP refusal of one patient 1115 63.5
 Too ill (self reported) 337 19.2
 Too ill (proxy reported) 149 8.5