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Table 3 Main categories regarding treatment aspects

From: Problems and needs for improving primary care of osteoarthritis patients: the views of patients, general practitioners and practice nurses

General Practitioners Patients Practice Nurses
Applied (non-surgical) treatments (20):
Prescribing Pain relievers (19)
Prescribing physiotherapy/massages (3)
Counselling (19)
- to reduce weight (19)
- to exercise (15)
- others (2)
Problems (20):
General (14):
- Increasing restrictions regarding prescription of physiotherapy, etc. (14)
- Lack of time (3)
Regarding pharmacological treatment (20):
- Package leaflets decrease adherence (14)
- Insecurity with pharmaco-logical treatment/guidelines (12)
- Little acceptance of opiats (6)
- Interaction with specialist (5)
Regarding life-style:
- Motivating the patient to exercise or reduce weight (17)
- Concomittant depression (6)
Needs/Expectations (20):
Improvement of symptoms
- pain (14)
- physical activity (8)
Pointing out possible treatments (5)
Conversation about the problems (2)
Referral (2)
Problems (20):
Regarding medication (20):
- (Fear of) side effects (16)
- Lacking pain relief (12)
Regarding counselling (15):
- reasons laying in individual behaviour (14)
- no precise advices to reduce weight/exercise (8)
- lacking information about supportive offers (6)
Knowledge (20):
Knowledge about treatment (18)
No Knowledge about treatment (2)
Involvement (20):
Involvement in treatment (2)
No Involvement in treatment (18)
Wish of being more involved (14)
No wish of being more involved (5)