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Table 1 Attitudinal survey of practitioners participating in MUST

From: General practitioners' views on reattribution for patients with medically unexplained symptoms: a questionnaire and qualitative study

Statement Agree completely Agree partly Unsure Disagree partly Disagree completely missing
about patients with PMUS* N = 70 N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)  
I enjoy consultations with patients who have PMUS 3 (4) 17 (24) 14 (20) 30 (43) 6 (9) -
I think patients with PMUS take up too much of my time, which I could use more productively with other patients 4 (6) 15 (21) 5 (7) 31 (44) 15 (21) -
I find that patients with PMUS often cause me considerable stress 8 (11) 43 (61) 3 (4) 11(16) 5 (7) -
I don't think it's worth trying to do much with patients who have PMUS 0 (0) 3 (4) 5 (7) 28 (40) 33 (47) 1 (1)
I find that patients with PMUS present me with interesting diagnostic challenges 13 (19) 38 (54) 5 (7) 12 (17) 1 (1) -
I find that patients with PMUS present me with interesting therapeutic challenges 18 (26) 40 (57) 3 (4) 7 (10) 1 (1) 1 (1)
I often don't know how to help patients who have PMUS 8 (11) 33 (47) 3 (4) 21 (30) 4 (6) 1 (1)
about reattribution training N = 35       
The reattribution training programme did not really teach me anything new 2 (6) 11 (31) 4 (11) 12 (34) 6 (17) -
It was easy to find time to concentrate on the training programme, despite the pressure of clinical work in my practice 4 (11) 10 (29) 1(3) 14 (40) 6 (17) -
The training programme would have been better if it included more formal lectures 0 (0) 2 (6) 6 (17) 8 (23) 19 (54) -
I would have been more inclined to engage with the training programme if I'd been paid to attend the sessions 3 (9) 5 (14) 6 (17) 11 (31) 10 (29) -
In general, I enjoyed the training programme 15 (43) 15 (43) 3 (9) 2 (6) 0 (0) -
I have found it easy to put reattribution into practice 6 (17) 20 (57) 3 (6) 6 (17) 0 (0) -
I have already forgotten some of the reattribution stages 4 (11) 20 (57) 1 (3) 5 (14) 5 (14) -
I often need several consultations with patients to achieve all the reattribution stages 18 (51) 14 (40) 1 (3) 2 (6) 0 (0) -
There are lots of patients with whom reattribution does not work 5 (14) 12 (34) 13 (37) 4 (11) 1 (3) -
In general, putting reattribution into practice makes my consultations with these patients more enjoyable 7 (20) 13 (37) 9 (26) 6 (17) 0 (0) -
In general, putting reattribution into practice makes my consultations with these patients quicker 1 (3) 6 (17) 10 (29) 13 (37) 5 (14) -