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Table 1 Care support needs from general practitioners compared to actual support by importance (answer categories: Very/moderately important or completely agree/somewhat agree)

From: Support, needs and expectations of family caregivers regarding general practitioners – results from an online survey

It’s important to me that the general practitioner... Very important/
Moderately important
(N = 612)
The general practitioner I consult in care matters... Completely agree/
Somewhat agree
(N = 438)
... is familiar with everyday life and challenges of caring for family members. 85% ... is familiar with everyday life and challenges of caring for family members. 72%
… is familiar with my personal situation as a caregiver. 80% … is familiar with my personal situation as a caregiver. 71%
… feels responsibility for the issues facing people caring for family members and provides advice and assistance. 85% … feels responsibility for the issues facing people caring for family members and provides advice and assistance. 82%
… does not wait for me to raise issues with the GP but proactively addresses issues. 68%** … does not wait for me to raise issues but proactively addresses them. 18%**
… provides emotional support such as encouragement during care. 57%* … provides emotional support such as by giving encouragement during care. 23%*
… makes decisions with me on caring for the person in my care. 74%* … makes decisions with me on caring for the person requiring care. 48%*
… sees not only the needs of the person in my care but also my opinions, needs and stresses. 76% … sees not only the needs of the person in my care but also my opinions, needs and stresses. 60%
… includes the person in my care in decisions and responds to his or her requests. 83% … considers the person in my care in decisions and responds to his or her requests. 82%
… encourages me to raise my own health concerns. 32% … encourages me to address my own health concerns. 23%
… has enough time for me. 85%** … has enough time for me. 29%**
… performs home visits to relieve me and get to know the person in my care in our home environment. 75%** … performs home visits to relieve me and get to know the person in my care in our home environment. 23%**
… gives me time to consider important decisions on care. 59% … gives me time to consider important decisions on care. 81%
… tells me about local support and assistance services. 85%* … tells me about local support and assistance services. 55%*
… makes arrangements for support and assistance services for me. 83%** … makes arrangements for support and assistance services for me. 6%**
… advises me on legal aspects such as power of attorney, care assistance, and driving. 80%** … advises me on legal aspects such as power of attorney, care assistance, and driving. 13%**
… conducts regular follow-up observations. 70%* … conducts regular follow-up observations. 41%*
… makes diagnoses early. 78%* … makes diagnoses early. 51%*
… manages and provides medical treatment to my family member. 52% … manages and provides medical treatment to my family member. 45%
… arranges doctors specialised in the field for us. 85% … arranges doctors specialised in the field for us. 95%
… explains the situation to the person in my care in ways that he or she can understand, therefore supporting me. 85% … explains the situation to the person in my care in ways that he or she can understand, therefore supporting me. 85%
… is early to acknowledge me as the caregiver with the awareness that I am responsible for caring for my family member. 85%** … is early to acknowledge me as the caregiver with the awareness that I am responsible for my family member’s care from the beginning. 42%**
  1. Significance: *p < .05 **p < .001