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Table 3 GPs’ primary reasons for unimportance 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 sees (is)…reasons (N)* No need for attention Fatalistic No mandate No responsibility Adopts patient’s view Patient not compliant Well treated problem
Physical 15 11 10 1 7 3 23
Pain 1 3 0 0 0 1 2
Senses 5 2 5 0 1 0 0
Functional disability 3 7 2 1 0 0 0
Housing & finances 0 3 0 5 0 0 1
Medication 3 3 0 0 0 0 2
Cognition 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
Mood 0 3 1 3 0 0 1
Lifestyle 1 4 0 0 0 1 1
Immunisation 0 2 1 0 5 1 0
  1. *147 primary reasons are grouped into 7 themes.