When physicians get stuck in sick-listing consultations: A qualitative study of categories of sick-listing dilemmas
2010 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, Vol. 35, no 2, 137-142 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: Many physicians find sick-listing tasks problematic. The aim of this study was to identify categories of dilemmas experienced by physicians in their sick-listing practice. Design and subjects: Data was collected at courses that were aimed at improving physicians' sick-listing skills, arranged in different parts of Sweden. Before the course the participants, general practitioners (GP) sent in a written report of a sick-listing case they found problematic. The material consisted of group discussions of some 100 case reports from GPs. The process of categorisation of the dilemmas was a one-step, straightforward qualitative analysis. Results: Eight different categories of sick-listing dilemmas experienced by the physicians were identified. Examples of them are "Not the doctors' pigeon" (when the patients' problem was perceived as not being medical in nature), "Diagnosis as disguise" (when there is a discrepancy between how the patient describes the problems and what the physician apprehends), and "Harmed by sick listing - reversible" (when the physician perceives that the main problem is the iatrogenic adverse effects of sick listing per se). Implications: The contribution of the study is to provide understanding of and labels to the specific difficulties experienced by physicians in their sick-listing practice face to face with patients.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 35, no 2, 137-142 p.
Dilemma, sick-listing, sick leave, physician, consultation, family medicine, general practitioner
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-136941DOI: 10.3233/WOR-2010-0965ISI: 000275284100004PubMedID: 20164608OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-136941DiVA: diva2:377835