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Table 1 Selection of factors considered most important to patients with OA consulting their GP

From: Patient-reported quality indicators for osteoarthritis: a patient and public generated self-report measure for primary care

Domain Factors ranked most important to patients with OA consulting their GP (top 5 on a 1-5 scale) Frequency Draft Patient reported QIs for OA (‘In the last 3 months…..’) Number of items in the draft OA QI (UK) questionnaire
Information about treatment for OA Want to know about risks or side effects from the treatments 6 You have received information regarding treatment for joint problem from your surgery 1
  Want to know about pain management [medications] 4   
  Want to know about the expectations of any possible help, i.e. whether you need an X-ray/pain clinic/operation/investigations/scan/refer to a consultant 1   
  Want to know about surgery and also what to do when the consultant/surgeon says because of the cause there is nothing they can do 1   
  Want to get pain down to a level you can cope with 1   
Information about OA What you want is an exchange between the GP and yourself 4 You have received information about your joint problem from your surgery 1
  How OA will affect quality of life 2   
  When you get more pain, you go to the GP 2   
  Pain has gone – will it stay that way? 1   
  Consultations are a combination of medical and patient expectations 1   
  Age means that OA is seen as inevitable 1   
  Want to know if it’s a serious condition 1   
Information about selfmanagement for OA Want to know about techniques to [self] manage pain 2 You have received advice and support on how you might help yourself to manage or deal with your joint problem 3
Advice about using medications to relieve joint pain How to best use anti-inflammatory medications 1 You have been offered advice about medications (to relieve joint pain) 4
Advice about exercise or activities Want to know about should we be doing more or less 2 You have been offered information or advice on exercise or activity to help with your joint problem 3
Referral to exercise or activity programmes Did certain things to help with quality of life (e.g. went to gym, go swimming) 3 You have been offered a referral to an exercise or activity programme for your joint problem 1
Quality of the consultation The quality of consultation is important so that you know you shouldn’t just soldier on [live with pain] 3 You are satisfied with the overall quality of the consultation with his/her GP for OAa 0a
  Consultation to take a holistic approach/to ask patient about feelings and thoughts about the problem* 2   
  Previous consultation was a waste of time and I haven’t been back 1   
  Don’t want to waste the GP’s time 1   
Additional QIs following the discussion of the five treatment scenarios
Follow up review - - You have been given a follow-up review of your joint problem 2
Referral to physiotherapy - - You have been offered a referral for physiotherapy for your joint problem 1
Advice about body weight - - You have received advice about body weight and joint pain 0b
Referral to weight loss services - - You have received a referral for weight loss services 0b
  1. aQuestionnaire items not created for this QI as it was adequately captured elsewhere in the larger MOSAICS survey
  2. bQuestionnaire items not created for these two QIs as they were initially captured elsewhere in the larger MOSAICS study