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|Title:||Qualities men value when communicating with general practitioners: implications for primary care settings|
|Citation:||Medical Journal of Australia, 2008; 189(11-12):618-621|
|Publisher:||Australasian Med Publ Co Ltd|
|James A. Smith, Annette J. Braunack-Mayer, Gary A. Wittert and Megan J. Warin|
|Abstract:||OBJECTIVE: To determine the core qualities that men value when communicating with general practitioners in primary care settings. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: In a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews in non-clinical environments, 36 white Australian men drawn from the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study, stratified by age and marital status, discussed their help-seeking behaviour and health service use. Participants were from the North West Adelaide region. Interviews were conducted between January and November 2005. RESULTS: The core qualities men value when communicating with GPs in primary care settings include the adoption of a "frank approach", demonstrable competence, thoughtful use of humour, empathy, and prompt resolution of health issues. CONCLUSIONS: The core qualities men value when communicating with GPs are concordant with most key dimensions of a patient-centred approach, but not necessarily all. Adopting these qualities has the potential to enhance communication with and care of men in primary care settings.|
|Keywords:||Humans; Communication; Empathy; Physician-Patient Relations; Adult; Aged; Middle Aged; Men; Physicians, Family; Primary Health Care; Australia; Male; Interviews as Topic; Wit and Humor as Topic|
|Appears in Collections:||Medicine publications|
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