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Table 2 Reported self-perception of protagonists and perception of these groups by other medical protagonists

From: Image and perception of physicians as barriers to inter-disciplinary cooperation? – the example of German occupational health physicians in the rehabilitation process: a qualitative study

In-Group perception Working in the interest of patients Profound knowledge of workplace; which others were lacking Experts on interface between occupation and health Well-suited to be coordinators in rehabilitation process Good relationship with their patients Role in rehabilitation process not known and adequately valued Important for successful rehabilitation process Hardworking Dedicated to patients Advocates for their patients Important for successful rehabilitation process Good and intensive relationship with patients Profound knowledge of patients workplace High workload and unjustified demand from patients Dedicated to cooperation with other protagonists Promoting patients’ physical health, social well-being, and occupational participation
Out-group perception Henchman of the employer Limited agency Not hardworking Not working in the interest of patients Patients don’t know them Role and function in rehabilitation process unclear Not interested in cooperation PCPs and OPs are competitors Not interested in cooperation Not interested in cooperation Insincere concerning reported rehabilitation outcomes Not interested in the patients’ health after end of rehabilitation Not hardworking Not very ambitious
  1. This table displays the self-perception of protagonists (in-group perception) and perception of these groups by other medical protagonists (out-group perception) with regard to the rehabilitation of employees as reported by the medical stakeholders