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Table 1 Areas covered in the CRF and the patient symptom diary

From: Building an international network for a primary care research program: reflections on challenges and solutions in the set-up and delivery of a prospective observational study of acute cough in 13 European countries

CRF question areas Patient Diary question areas
Location of the consultation Main reasons for consulting
14 Symptoms and their reported severity at presentation Daily rating of 13 symptoms
Co-morbidity Questions about the present illness
Temperature Smoking history
Physical examinations performed and findings Social demographic factors (e.g. educational qualifications, job, numbers of persons living in the house)
Investigations ordered (e.g. blood tests and × rays) Use of health care facilities - visited and contacted (e.g. GP, Nurse, pharmacist)
Referral Recovery
Treatment details including antibiotics and over the counter medications Expectations about treatment
Follow up arrangements Hospital admission
Advice about work Weekly questions ask about medication use, work attendance, brief quality of life questions (EQ-5D).
Patient expectations Beliefs about antibiotics.
Perceptions of patient satisfaction