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Table 2 Summaries of the main themes generated from clinician interviews

From: The relationship between GPs and hospital consultants and the implications for patient care: a qualitative study

Theme Sub-theme Additional sub-theme
Communication Accessing and Ping-Pong
Listening Good listening impacting positively on patient
Poor listening impacting negatively on patient
“Soft intelligence” Provision of, depends on quality of relationship
Certain clinicians better able to pick up upon
Is valued by Hospital specialists
Conduct Dumping Abdication of responsibility
Has increased over time
Hiding behind an organisation
Relationships Continuing care
Implications for patient care Good relationships benefit patients; smoothing the water and going the extra mile.
Forming Facilitators
Working in each others Kingdom
Unrealistic expectations Creating them in patients
Of each other