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Table 7 Description of included studies

From: Getting under the skin of the primary care consultation using video stimulated recall: a systematic review

First author and year Research question Population/consultations of interest Area of research
Ali [20] To provide a detailed understanding of the ways in which white and South Asian patients communicate with white GPs and to explore any similarities and differences in communication South Asian patients Communication: cross cultural
Als [21] To identify patterns of GP and patient behaviour related to computer and to identify patient and doctor perceptions of the computer Unselected Doctor patient relationship: Impact of computer
Arborelius [17, 2228] To describe and evaluate a stimulated recall methodology Unselected (but stratified with respect to age & gender) Evaluation of VSR method
To study the difficulties and dilemmas a GP faces during daily consultations   ‘Difficult’ consultations
To understand phenomena in consultations where the GP has expressed difficulties   Doctor patient relationship
To compare the patients' and the doctors' comments on video-recorded consultations in order to increase understanding of shortcomings in patient-doctor relationship   
To describe and understand the experiences of general practitioners in consultations
To describe and understand patients' positive and negative experiences of General Practitioners
To describe the specific behaviour in consultations where the patient experiences a satisfying human relationship with the GP
To characterize health counselling discussion in the consultation Subsample where health promotion discussed Health promotion advice
Blakeman [16, 29] To explore self-management support in primary care consultations Patients with long term conditions Self-management
To explore the relevance of computer information systems in self-management dialogue Impact of computer
Bugge [19] To investigate incidences, consequences and reasons for non-disclosure of information in decision making Consultations in family planning clinic and diabetes clinica Decision making
Cegala [30] To compare doctor and patient views on communication during the consultation New and follow up patients Doctor-patient relationship
Coleman [14] To elicit, relate and interpret GP accounts of why they discuss smoking with some patients and not others Patients who smoke Decision making
Cromarty [31] To describe the range and type of thoughts patients have during their consultations Unselected Patients experiences
Epstein [15] To describe the structure of HIV related discussion, characterise effective and efficient communication and identify common difficulties Consultations where HIV risk is discussed Communication
Doctor-patient relationship
Difficult consultations
Frankel [32] To understand the characteristics of the ‘optimal healing environment’ in the consultation Established patients presenting to doctors with a range of satisfaction scores Doctor- patient relationship
Gao [33] To explore the influence of cultural practices on discussion of colorectal screening Patients having colorectal screening recommendations Communication: Cross cultural
Henry [18] To understand the impact of tacit clues on making judgements in the consultation Patients undergoing health maintenance examinations Decision making
Rosenburg [34, 35] To understand what occurs in a triadic encounter Triadic Consultations involving an interpreter Communication
To delineate differences in encounters between professional and family interpreters
Rosenburg [13] To explore the communication patterns and perceptions between family doctors and psychologically distressed immigrant patients? Immigrant patients with psychological problems Communication: Cross cultural
Saba [36] To examine shared decision making and the experience of partnership of the doctors and patients Stratified sample of patients presenting with diabetes or hypertension Shared decision making
Timpka [37] To compare the experiences of patients and care givers of consulting across the primary care team Patients who encountered more than one team member in a visit Clinician-patient relationship and team working
Treichler [38] To identify and explore the power relations in a triadic consultation with GP, patients and medical student Traidic consultation with medical student Doctor-patient relationship
Ventres [39, 40] To explore how electronic health record affects encounters between physicians and patients Unselected Doctor-patient relationship: impact of computer
  1. aAnd other non-primary care consultations.