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Table 2 Mean % of GPs’ consultations in which the burden of the respiratory disease was discussed with the patient, the actual prevalence of the problem as reported by the AC-service and severity weighting for whether or not discussing the item

From: Consultation performance of general practitioners when supported by an asthma/COPDC-service

  Support AC-s
Prevalence of item reported by AC-s Item discussed Weighting severity
BORGscore 0-21 49% 51% P=0,01
BORGscore 3 18% 69%
BORGscore ≥ 4 33% 90%
Complaints total 100% 77%  
Exacerbations n=0/yr 78% 72% P=0,04
Exacerbations n 1/yr 14% 90%
Exacerbations total 100% 78%
MRC-dyspnea 0-1-2 83% 29% P=0,24
MRC-dyspnea 3-4-5 17% 40%
Dyspnea total 100% 31%  
BMI < 21 9% 0% P=0,06
BMI 21-30 75% 4%
BMI 25 -30 16% 18%
Weight problems total 100% 6%  
  1. (GPs: n=16. Patients “ACs-support”: n= 9-21/GP, total 157).
  2. BORG-score: respiratory complaints 0-2: no or few complaints 3: complaints; ≥ 4: considerable/many complaints.
  3. Exacerbation: need for prednisolon/antibiotics because of respiratory complaints.
  4. MRC-dyspnea scores: 0= no limitations; 1=dyspnea only when exercising; 2= dyspnea in minor exercise; 3= unable to walk up with people of sameage, same sex, without dyspnea; 4= dyspnea in daily chores; 5= dyspnea in self care.