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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)