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Table 3 The commonest reasons for the encounter (RFE) in Trinidadian family practice.

From: Depression and the nature of Trinidadian family practice: a cross-sectional study

Rank Reason for the encounter Number (%)
1. Check up 110 (17.5)
2. Joint pains 85 (13.4)
3. Upper respiratory infection 66 (10.5)
4. Hypertension 31 (4.9)
5. Administrative 30 (4.8)
6. Abdominal pain 27 (4.3)
7. Skin rash 27 (4.3)
8. Diabetes mellitus 23 (3.7)
9. Headaches 20 (3.2)
10. Weakness 18 (2.9)
11. Pregnancy related 16 (2.5)
12. Generalized pain 15 (2.4)
13. Female reproductive system 13 (2.1)
14. Psychological issues 13 (2.1)
15. Cough 11 (1.7)
16. Symptoms related to the urinary system 11 (1.7)
17. Vertigo/Dizzy spells 10 (1.6)
18. Eyes 10 (1.6)
19. Fever 8 (1.3)
20. Swelling on skin 7 (1.1)
21. Ears 7 (1.1)
22. Nose 6 (1.0)
23. Allergies 5 (0.8)
24. All others including, 'no reason given' 61 (9.7)
  TOTAL 630