Table 4.

Types of issues discussed

Issue type/descriptionFrequency%
Physical
Discussion or reference to physical symptoms53431.4
Emotional/psychological
Psychological or emotional dimensions or consequences of the problem975.7
Social
The consequences of the problem on the patient’s normal social roles or activities583.4
Administrative
Requests for letters and sick notes; making referrals for further consultations; making repeat appointments744.4
Medication related
Relating to any existing medication, prescription, or administration of new medication40223.7
Order/refer for tests
Raising or resolving the need for tests or investigations to be done beyond the current consultation1176.9
Discuss test results
Issues that follow up test results, investigations, or treatments (other than medication) that were performed before the consultation1146.7
Behavioural health prevention
Information given or sought relating to patient-actioned prevention, self-management, or risk management behaviours21612.7
Medicalised health prevention
Information given or sought relating to GP-actioned patient prevention, self-management, or risk management issues1257.4