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Qualities men value when communicating with general practitioners: Implications for primary care settings

Journal Article


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.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Smith, J. A., Braunack-Mayer, A. J., Wittert, G. A., & Warin, M. J. (2008). Qualities men value when communicating with general practitioners: Implications for primary care settings. Medical Journal of Australia, 189(11-12), 618-621. doi:10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb02214.x

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-58149337374

Start Page


  • 618

End Page


  • 621

Volume


  • 189

Issue


  • 11-12

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.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Smith, J. A., Braunack-Mayer, A. J., Wittert, G. A., & Warin, M. J. (2008). Qualities men value when communicating with general practitioners: Implications for primary care settings. Medical Journal of Australia, 189(11-12), 618-621. doi:10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb02214.x

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-58149337374

Start Page


  • 618

End Page


  • 621

Volume


  • 189

Issue


  • 11-12