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dc.contributor.authorGjøssang, Ingjerd Helene
dc.contributor.authorAamland, Aase
dc.contributor.authorHjørleifsson, Stefan
dc.description.abstractBackground: When patients suffer medically unexplained symptoms, consultations can be difficult and frustrating for both patient and GP. Acknowledging the patient as a co-subject can be particularly important when the symptoms remain unexplained. One way of seeing the patient as a co-subject is by recognizing any among their strong sides. Objectives: To explore GPs’ experiences with discovering strengths in their patients with medically unexplained symptoms and elicit GPs’ reflections on how this might be useful. Methods: Four focus-groups with 17 GPs in Norway. Verbatim transcripts from the interviews were analyzed by systematic text condensation. Results: Recollecting patients’ strengths was quiet challenging to the GPs. Gradually they nevertheless shared a range of examples, and many participants had experienced that knowing patients’ strong sides could make consultations less demanding, and sometimes enable the GP to provide better help. Identifying strengths in patients with unexplained symptoms required a deliberate effort on the GPs’ behalf, and this seemed to be a result of a strong focus on biomedical disease and loss of function. Conclusions: Acknowledging patients’ strong sides can bolster GPs’ ability to help patients with medically unexplained symptoms. However, the epistemic disadvantage of generalist expertise makes this hard to achieve. It is difficult for GPs to integrate person-centered perspectives with biomedical knowledge due to the privileged position of the latter. This seems to indicate a need for system-level innovations to increase the status of person-centered clinical work.en_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleDiscovering strengths in patients with medically unexplained symptoms–a focus group study with general practitionersen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2022 the authorsen_US
dc.source.journalScandinavian Journal of Primary Health Careen_US
dc.identifier.citationScandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care. 2022.en_US

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