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Table 2 Extract interview guidelines

From: The pathway to consultation for rheumatoid arthritis: exploring anticipated actions between the onset of symptoms and face-to-face encounter with a healthcare professional

• How long would you wait before you sought medical attention with these symptoms?
• Would you want to get more information about these symptoms before you seek medical attention?
• How would you go about finding more information?
• If you were to experience these symptoms, would you discuss them with anyone other than your GP?
• What is the main reason you would discuss the symptoms (with this person/ with your partner/ with….)?
• Is there anything you think you can do yourself to alleviate these symptoms?