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Table 2 GPs’ primary reasons for importance stratified according to the nature of patients’ problems

From: What is important, what needs treating? How GPs perceive older patients’ multiple health problems: a mixed method research study

Doctor (is)…reasons (N)* Adopts patient’s view on importance of problem, but cannot assist Emphatic Active Re-assures Considers as central task Monitors disease
Physical 14 13 26 0 12 2
Pain 2 9 3 0 0 0
Senses 3 2 2 0 0 0
Functional disability 12 9 0 0 0 0
Housing & finances 6 1 0 0 0 0
Medication 2 1 4 0 1 0
Cognition 1 0 3 0 0 0
Mood 4 7 4 1 1 0
Lifestyle 2 0 2 0 1 0
Immunisation 2 0 3 0 3 0
  1. *158 primary reasons are grouped into 6 themes the 7th theme “alleviate symptoms“ did not occur as a primary reason.