Patients' intentions in primary care: relationship to physical and psychological symptoms, and their perception by general practitioners.

@article{Salmon1994PatientsII,
  title={Patients' intentions in primary care: relationship to physical and psychological symptoms, and their perception by general practitioners.},
  author={Peter Salmon and Neelom Sharma and Roland M. Valori and N Bellenger},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={1994},
  volume={38 4},
  pages={
          585-92
        }
}
A series of three studies of consecutive primary care patients examined their intentions when visiting a general practitioner (GP). In study 1, a principal, components analysis of responses to a specially-devised symptom check-list was used to form component-based scales on which patients' physical symptoms were scored. Apart from a modest association of cold symptoms with seeking simple explanation, physical symptoms were unrelated to intentions. By contrast, the level of psychological… CONTINUE READING

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