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Minor Illness What? Who? When? Where? Why?. Definition Minor illness is any condition which is self-limiting and does not prevent the patient from carrying.

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1 Minor Illness What? Who? When? Where? Why?

2 Definition Minor illness is any condition which is self-limiting and does not prevent the patient from carrying out their normal functions for more than a short period of time.

3 Minor or Major? Who defines? Does it matter in a practical sense? Is minor illness any more or less important than major illness? Health-Seeking behaviour

4 Health Seeking Behaviour Doctor Factors Patient Factors Social Factors

5 Doctor Factors Health beliefs Value judgements Competitive pressures

6 Patient Factors Health beliefs Previous experience Domestic factors Work factors

7 Social Factors Employers Health Authorities Media

8 General Minor GroupPersons consulting per year per 2000per URTI Dermatology M/Skeletal Trauma Psychiatric GI Eyes90450 Symptoms

9 Specific Minor See Fry J General Practice – The Facts (1993) Top 5 Backache 120/2000 patients/yr Sore throat 120/2000 patients/yr Eczema100/2000 patients/yr Otitis media92/2000 patients/yr UTI60/2000 patients/yr

10 Heartsink A patient who, by their very presence, can produce negative feelings in the Doctor irrespective of any prejudices on either part. Usually relates to previous health-seeking behaviour felt to be inappropriate. May be because of a sense of incurability May be because of game playing

11 Game Playing Transactional Analysis Parent Adult Child Good Transactions Bad Transactions


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