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Do GPs practice what they preach? A questionnaire study of GPs' treatments for themselves and their patients

Gardner, M and Ogden, J (2005) Do GPs practice what they preach? A questionnaire study of GPs' treatments for themselves and their patients Patient Education and Counseling, 56 (1). pp. 112-115.

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Abstract

Anecdotal evidence indicates a difference between doctors' health seeking behaviours for their patients and for themselves. This difference remains untested. This study aimed to assess any differences between the first-line treatment options GPs would accept for themselves and those they would advise their patients. A postal questionnaire was completed by 286 GPs based in two west London Health Authorities (response rate 51.4%) asking them to score the treatment options of 6 common symptoms for both themselves and their patients in terms of over the counter (OTC) remedies, prescriptions, referrals and complementary therapies. The results showed that GPs differentiated between themselves and their patients in terms of OTC remedies for indigestion and depression, prescriptions for indigestion, hypertension, depression and 'tired all the time' (TATT); referrals for indigestion, hypertension, low back pain and TATT; and complementary therapy for depression. GPs may be prepared to cross the boundary be treated the same as their patients if the symptoms are relatively uncontroversial. Stigmatised problems and those with clinical guidelines, however, seem to result in a 'do as I say not as I do' approach to health care. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
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Gardner, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ogden, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2005
Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Patient Education and Counseling. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Patient Education and Counseling, 56(1), January 2005, DOI10.1016/j.pec.2004.02.001.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 12 Aug 2014 17:35
Last Modified : 30 Aug 2014 01:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/732639

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