PMID: 9651266Jul 4, 1998Paper

Influence of social problems on management in general practice: multipractice questionnaire survey

BMJ : British Medical Journal
P GulbrandsenP Hjortdahl


To find how often social problems influence clinical management in general practice, how management is changed, and how the characteristics of patients, doctors, and the doctor-patient relationship influence this management. Multipractice survey of patients consulting general practitioners. Doctors completed a questionnaire for each patient. General practices in Buskerud county, Norway. 1401 consecutive adult patients attending 89 general practitioners. How often management of patients was influenced by different types of social problem and main reasons for consultation; frequency and intercorrelation of different types of management applied; odds ratios for social problems' influence on management, controlled for by characteristics of doctors, patients, and their relationship. In 17% of all consultations the doctors' knowledge of patients' social problems influenced their management, stressful working conditions being the most frequent influencing type of problem. Knowledge of social problems influenced management more often when the doctor knew a patient well, but less often the longer a doctor had worked in a practice. When social problems influenced management, the commonest types of management offered were extra time for c...Continue Reading


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