GPs' views on involvement of older patients: an European qualitative study.
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SourcePatient Education and Counseling, 53, 2, (2004), pp. 183-188
Article / Letter to editor
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Centre for Quality of Care Research
Patient Education and Counseling
SubjectEBP 4: Quality of Care
Involvement of older patients in general practice care is regarded as important, but is not widespread. To determine specific barriers to the involvement of older patients in general practice care and to identify variations between countries, we performed an international comparative study based on qualitative interviews with 233 general practitioners (GPs) in 11 countries. Most GPs thought that involving older patients had positive outcomes. GPs saw patient involvement as a process taking place solely during consultations. The main barrier for GPs was lack of time. Barriers related to older patients were their feelings of respect for doctors, their lack of experience in being involved and possible mental and physical impairments. To conclude, increasing involvement of older patients is not easy and will only be effective when GPs have adopted a more developed concept of patient involvement and are supported with the different methods for achieving this. The range of appropriate interventions may be similar in all countries.
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