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Table 2 Selected diagnostic aspects

From: The care of patients with subthreshold depression in primary care: Is it all that bad? A qualitative study on the views of general practitioners and patients

General Practitioners Patients
Proceedings (19) a: Presenting behaviour (20):
   Making somatic examination (11)    Presentation of somatic symptoms (11):
   Questions on possible psychological causes for symptoms (8) - Heart complaints/stabbing chest pain (4)
   Using depression criteria (6) - Thyroid dysfunction (3)
   Making an indirect anamnesis by asking family members or including information about the patients' biography (5) - Pain (head, limbs) (2)
   Watchful waiting (5) - Diabetes (1)
   Referring patients to specialists (2) - Hypertension (1)
   Observation of nonverbal behavior (e.g. body language) (2) - Overweight (1)
   Using a depression questionnaire (1) - Fatigue (1)
  - Sleeping problems (1)
  - Vertigo (1)
Diagnostic problems (17)    Presentation of psychological complaints (9):
   Yes (6):  
   - Time consuming psychological diagnosis (1) - Overstrain by family or work problems (4)
   - Financial losses because of time consuming psychological diagnosis (1) - Depression/depressiveness (3)
   - Differential diagnosis of Depression, Parkinsons' and Alzheimers' disease in older patients (1) - Sleeping problems (3)
   - Fear of overlooking Depression (1) - Agitation (2)
   - Decision if somatic symptoms are actually caused by Depression (1) - Feeling low (2)
   - Being sure if the patient really suffers from Depression, detection of Depression (1) - Anxieties (2)
   No (11) - Nervousness (1)
  - Loss of zest for life (1)
  - Loss of drive and energy (1)
  - Fatigue (1)
  Satisfaction (16):
     Satisfied with diagnostic proceedings (11)
     Not satisfied with diagnostic proceedings (5) for following reasons:
  - Missing information about diagnosis and its causes (3)
  - Feeling of not being taken seriously (1)
  - No application of concrete measures, such as questionnaire (1)
  1. a numbers in parentheses are numbers of responding informants