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Table 2 Benefits of electronic HRQoL assessment according to patients (n = 280).

From: Feasibility and acceptance of electronic quality of life assessment in general practice: an implementation study

Category* Example Frequency**
Contribution to physicians' understanding of patients' personal condition and circumstances „The doctor can get a comprehensive overview, because all these different aspects are being asked." 130 (46%)
Focus on patient-physician communication "If you have answered the questions on the PC, the doctor already knows what to ask in more detail." 114 (41%)
Additional information about current well-being „The doctor knows me quite well, but it is helpful for him to know how I'm actually doing." 74 (26%)
Information about course of diseases „If you go to the doctor next time, he can see the changes and compare these to earlier assessments." 73 (26%)
Impulse for self-management "You can have a look at yourself and think about what you can do by yourself." 60 (21%)
Expression of interest and care "It makes you feel very sheltered." 50 (18%)
Feedback to adapt treatment "The doctor gets more information to evaluate the treatment." 47 (17%)
Efficient allocation of resources "I have time to answer the questions just sitting in the waiting room and the doctor also gains time." 29 (10%)
Information about psychological well-being "You can figure out better, how one feels inside." 9 (3%)
  1. * as defined according to the qualitative content analysis approach.
  2. ** number of patients; mentions of several categories per patients possible