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dc.contributor.authorPlatts, A
dc.contributor.authorMitton, R
dc.contributor.authorBoniface, D
dc.contributor.authorFriedli, K
dc.identifier.citationPlatts , A , Mitton , R , Boniface , D & Friedli , K 2005 , ' Can self-care health books affect amount of contact with the primary health care team? A randomized controlled trial in general practice ' , Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care , vol. 23 , no. 3 , pp. 142-148 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 419850
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dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000231876800005
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 25844471244
dc.descriptionOriginal article can be found at: Copyright Informa healthcare.
dc.description.abstractObjective: To investigate the effects of two differently styled self-care health books in general practice on the frequency and duration of patients' consultations and their views of the books. Design: Random allocation of patients to either a descriptive or a decision-tree based self-care health book, or a no-book control condition. Three- and 12-months follow-up by postal questionnaire and monitoring of consultations. Setting: A large general practice in the South East of England. Subjects: A total of 1967 volunteer, adult patients who attended the practice in 2001 participated. Main outcome measures: Demographics; health problems; use of health services; use and perceptions of the trial book; frequency and duration of consultations. Results: Response rates to postal questionnaires at 3 and 12 months were 80% and 74%. In all, 48% consulted their allocated book, compared with 25% who consulted any healthcare book in the Control group. Those reporting health problems were more likely to have consulted their allocated book; 60% reported that the allocated book made them more likely to deal with a problem themselves and 40% reported themselves less likely to consult the practice. However, there were no differences in consultation rates or durations of consultations between the three groups. Conclusions: Handing out of self-care health books may provide qualitative benefits for patients but is unlikely to reduce attendance at the GP practice.en
dc.relation.ispartofScandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care
dc.subjectconsultation rates
dc.subjecthealth information
dc.subjectprimary care
dc.titleCan self-care health books affect amount of contact with the primary health care team? : A randomized controlled trial in general practiceen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Psychology
dc.contributor.institutionHealth & Human Sciences Research Institute
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review

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