Table 3

Selected questionnaire statements and responses

ResponderQuestionnaire statementAgreed, n (%)Neutral, n (%)Disagreed, n (%)No response, n (%)
Patients, n = 286‘My doctor expects me to accept his/her advice without question’60 (21)60 (21)156 (55)10 (3)
Patients, n = 286‘I prefer to take an active role in consultations with my doctor’244 (85)31 (11)3 (1)8 (3)
Patients, n = 286‘I want my doctor to tell me what to do’184 (64)46 (16)41 (14)17 (6)
Patients, n = 286‘I have a right to refuse to take tablets’221 (77)29 (10)23 (8)13 (5)
GPs, n = 142‘If a patient refuses to take a drug after the risks have been explained to them, then I respect their choice’139 (98)2 (1)0 (0)1 (1)
GPs, n = 142‘I feel pressurised when patients insist on a particular treatment, even when I advise them otherwise’86 (61)26 (18)28 (20)2 (1)
GPs, n = 142‘Maintaining a good doctor–patient relationship is more important to me than following guidelines’76 (54)43 (30)20 (14)3 (2)