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Table 3 Benefits of routine HRQoL assessment according to GPs (n = 17) and practice assistants (n = 27).

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

Category* Example Frequency**
Focus on patient-physician communication (e.g. on sensitive topics) „If you see that something is getting worse, it is easier to start talking about the problem" 13 GPs, 3 PA
Information about course of diseases „The progression over time is most interesting" 11 GPs, 3 PA
Standardised information about current well-being „It provides comparable results and facilitates documentation" 11 GPs, 1 PA
Contribution to physicians' understanding of patients' personal condition and circumstances „It gives a holistic view and information, which I otherwise would miss" 9 GPs, 3 PA
Aid for adaptation of medical treatment „It helps to recognise shortcomings in current therapy" 8 GPs, 2 PA
Commitment to patient centred care „Patients get the impression of being taken seriously" 6 GPs, 12 PA
Self-reflection and compliance of patients „Patients can have a look at the results and think about it" 2 GPs, 4 PA
Professionalism and marketing „It supports the professional appearance of the practice" 5 GPs
Resource management „You get more information in less time and thus gain time for counselling" 4 GPs
  1. * as defined according to the qualitative content analysis approach.
  2. ** number of GPs and practice assistants (PA); mentions of several categories per participant possible