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Table 1 Differences in approach between Bern and Lausanne

From: Citizen advisory groups for the creation and improvement of decision aids: experience from two Swiss centers for primary care

Element Lausanne Model Bern Model
Initial inclusion in the group Individual recruitment via community partners. No contract or informed consent Initial information session, followed by contract and informed consent
Group composition 59% female, mean age 62 years. Patients from our local academic practice (30%), local consumer organization (18%), an association for the elderly (10%), standardized patients (10%), and personal contacts of other participants or the researchers (32%) 70% female, mean age 65 years. Standardized patients (100%).
Topics discussed Decision aids for colorectal, prostate and lung cancer screening Multiple documents and components of colorectal cancer screening
Meeting frequency Average three in-person meetings and two mailings per year, scheduled when materials became available Two-hour, in-person meeting every quarter
Reimbursement Cost of parking and public transport; 50 CHF gift certificates distributed to in-person and mail participants 30 CHF/hour salary, paid by the Swiss National Science Foundation as a one-time annual bank transfer
Information sources In-person meetings with 6 to 10 people supplemented by mailings to an additional 30 to 40 people In-person meetings with 7 to 10 people employing both round-table discussions and small-group workshops
  1. CHF Swiss Francs