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Table 7 Reasons for and against treating family members

From: General practitioners treating their own family members: a cross-sectional survey in Germany

Reasons for treatment n Mean ± SD Reasons against treatment n Mean ± SD
Practical advantages for your relatives (e.g., waiting time reduction, logistics) 383 4.32 ± 1.34 The treatment was outside your specialisation/routine 374 3.33 ± 1.63
Great confidence of your relatives in you and in your medical skills 381 4.18 ± 1.14 Difficulty in remaining objective during treatment 375 1.98 ± 1.79
Your relatives were only slightly ill and the necessary treatment was manageable 383 3.93 ± 1.36 The relatives were very seriously ill 368 1.55 ± 1.83
Your relatives expect you to be available for medical treatment 385 3.71 ± 1.59 The relatives should have looked for or consulted their own GP 367 1.39 ± 1.81
You know your relatives and can deal with individual cases of illness better than other doctors. 382 3.55 ± 1.55 The relatives would not have listened to medical advice 369 0.94 ± 1.37
Emergency 379 2.77 ± 1.93 Family conflicts 374 0.48 ± 1.11
Your relatives asked you for a second opinion 385 2.38 ± 2.01    
You were travelling with your relatives 381 2.07 ± 1.91    
Your relatives only wanted to be treated by you and would have been harmed otherwise 379 1.57 ± 1.87    
No other GP was available (e.g., in a rural region) 380 0.54 ± 1.26