Summers, R, Moore, M, Ekberg, S, Chew-Graham, CA, Litttle, P, Stevenson, F, Brindle, L and Leydon, G (2016) Soliciting additional concerns in the primary care consultation and the utility of a brief communication intervention to aid solicitation: a qualitative study. Patient Education and Counseling, 99 (5). pp. 724-732.

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Abstract

Objective
To investigate the perspectives of general practitioners (GPs) on the practice of soliciting additional concerns (ACs) and the acceptability and utility of two brief interventions (prompts) designed to aid the solicitation.

Methods
Eighteen GPs participating in a feasibility randomised controlled trial were interviewed. Interviews were semi-structured and audio-recorded. Data were analysed using a Framework Approach.

Results
Participants perceived eliciting ACs as important for: reducing the need for multiple visits, identifying serious illness early, and increasing patient and GP satisfaction. GPs found the prompts easy to use and some continued their use after the study had ended to aid time management. Others noted similarities between the intervention and their usual practice. Nevertheless, soliciting ACs in every consultation was not unanimously supported.

Conclusion
The prompts were acceptable to GPs within a trial context, but there was disagreement as to whether ACs should be solicited routinely. Some GPs considered the intervention to aid their prioritisation efficiency within consultations.

Practice implications
Some GPs will find prompts which encourage ACs to be solicited early in the consultation enable them to better organise priorities and manage time-limited consultations more effectively.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Primary care, Communication, Patient concerns, Qualitative, UK, Framework approach
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2016 09:12
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 11:13
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/1360

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