Presentation on theme: "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."— Presentation transcript:
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.
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
Health Seeking Behaviour Doctor Factors Patient Factors Social Factors
Doctor Factors Health beliefs Value judgements Competitive pressures
Patient Factors Health beliefs Previous experience Domestic factors Work factors
Social Factors Employers Health Authorities Media
General Minor GroupPersons consulting per year per 2000per 10000 URTI6003000 Dermatology3001500 M/Skeletal2301150 Trauma2101050 Psychiatric2001000 GI150750 Eyes90450 Symptoms3201600
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
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
Game Playing Transactional Analysis Parent Adult Child Good Transactions Bad Transactions
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