Table 5.

Patient Categories Evolving From Qualitative Research

CategoryEmphasis on TasksEmphasis on Relationship
NeedsMore frequent telephone contactMore frequent home visits
    Preferably patient initiated    Preferably physician initiated
    Explicit request    Implicit request
PurposesPrimarily tasksMainly support
    Prescribing    Listening
    Assessing relatives    Being there
    Organizing    Showing commitment
MotivesPrimarily in terms of functionMainly in terms of emotion
    Physician’s task    Having emotional bond
    For future management    Knowing the patient
AssessmentExpressed as importanceExpressed as appreciation
    Beneficial    Kind
    Profitable    Nice