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Table 2 Goal-directed behaviours perceived to facilitate focal behaviours during a consultation

From: Multiple goals and time constraints: perceived impact on physicians' performance of evidence-based behaviours

Physical activity advice (N = 11) Blood pressure prescribing (N = 11)
Theme Goal-directed behaviour Theme Goal-directed behaviour
Consultation (n = 1) - Taking a history Consultation (n = 6) - Clearly structuring the consultation
Diabetes (n = 10) - Addressing blood pressure   - Discussing diabetes as a whole
  - Addressing cholesterol   - Engaging the patient
  - Addressing HbA1c   - Negotiating with the patient
  - Discussing cardiovascular risk   - Advise patient to return if side effects
  - Discussing sugar control   - Trying to reach GP contract targets
  - Discussing heart and kidney risks Discussion about future health (n = 5) - Addressing HbA1C
Lifestyle (n = 8) - Addressing alcohol   - Addressing poor sugar control
  - Addressing smoking   - Discussing cholesterol
  - Asking about work   - Discussing reducing risks
  - Checking BMI   - Showing CV risk
  - Checking general fitness Lifestyle (n = 3) - Exercise advice
  - Talking about weight   - Taking a holistic approach
  - Talking about diet   - Giving weight advice
  - Weighing the patient Educating patient (n = 4) - Re: medication and side effects
Mental health (n = 2) - Addressing well-being   - Re: high blood pressure
  - Asking about low mood   - In general
  - Asking about stress   - Quoting guidelines
    - Showing results
   Prescribing (n = 3) - Choosing drugs with good side effects
    - Explaining options
    - Following guidelines
    - Planning prescribing options