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Table 1 Total response and overview of reasons for non-response (n = 200)

From: Demand of elderly people for residential care: an exploratory study

Number of subjects selected 200
Number of subjects approached by letter  
   - 3 addresses were removed because they were incomplete -3
197
Number of subjects not available for participation  
   - 2 deceased  
   - 19 admitted into homes for the elderly  
   - 1 person claimed not to be on a waiting list -22
175
Number of subjects who could not been reached by phone due to administrative problems  
   - 6 phone numbers were out of order  
   - 5 addresses seemed to be wrong (selected person unknown)  
   - 1 person had moved out and left no forwarding address -12
163
Number of subjects who could not been reached over a lengthy period of time (n = 22) -22
141
Number of subjects who did not want to participate  
   - lack of interest (n = 50)  
   - being too sick, confused or disabled (n = 26) -76
Total interviews conducted 65
   - 3 interviews have not been analysed -3
Total interviews analysed
(including 67 elderly people: 5 couples and 57 singles)
62