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Table 3 Summary of findings for experiences and perceptions of using the MINI

From: The Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview is useful and well accepted as part of the clinical assessment for depression and anxiety in primary care: a mixed-methods study

Main category PATIENTS
Corresponding item in the questionnaires
Perceived strengths of the MINI Structured format and detailed questions that often capture the problem   P4, P10, I2
The MINI does not evoke negative emotions   MINI does not evoke emotions P3, P5, I8
Perceived advantages of using the MINI for GPs More accurate diagnoses facilitate the work of the GP  
  A useful standard test for deeper investigations and selected patients
Perceived advantages of using the MINI for patients New insight into the problem   P2, P9, I5
The MINI is mostly meaningful P1, P6, I10
The MINI may lead to better treatment  
Perceived weaknesses of the MINI It is a constraint to only answer yes and no   
Some questions are problematic, and some common problems are not covered
The results of the MINI may be biased P8, I7
The duration of the MINI as a potential concern The duration was acceptable The MINI most often takes a short period of time   Time recording
  It could be problematic to fit the MINI into the GP consultation scheme  
The MINI is an additional tool and a personal contact with the interviewer is important The MINI is just one part of the diagnostic procedure and its role must be explained P7, I6, I9
The personal contact is important for most patients  
  1. Categories that are similar across the participant groups, patients, interviewers (therapists or GPs) and referring GPs are placed on the same row; empty space indicates that the subject was not discussed