What happened? GPs' perceptions of consultation outcomes and a comparison with the experiences of their patients
2010 (English)In: European Journal of General Practice, ISSN 1381-4788, E-ISSN 1751-1402, Vol. 16, no 2, 80-84 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Objective: To investigate GPs’ perceptions of consultation outcomes and to investigate the associations between these and outcomes perceived by the patients. Design: 25 GPs and 10 patients for each GP filled in a questionnaire about the outcome of the same consultation. The questions in the questionnaires were formulated from concepts found in preceding qualitative studies. Their answers were analysed and compared. Setting: GPs and patients from 16 group practices in Norrbotten, Sweden. Results: The GPs had the apprehension that their consultations would lead to cure/symptom relief in half of their consultations. They believed that their patients were satisfied up to 90% and that up to 75% had been reassured, understood more or could cope better. The GPs were satisfied themselves with up to 95% of the consultations, they enhanced their relationship to their patient up to 70%. Their affirmative concordance with their patients was high regarding satisfaction, intermediate regarding patient reassurance and patient understanding and lowest regarding cure/symptom relief.
Conclusion: The GPs’ were lacking in their ability to assess the patients’ increased understanding and the concordance between their own and the patients’ expectation of cure/symptom relief was low.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 16, no 2, 80-84 p.
Family Practice, Outcome, Outcome Assessment, Consultation, General Practitioner
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18480DOI: 10.3109/13814780903528587PubMedID: 20100110OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18480DiVA: diva2:219781