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Table 2 Summary of shared GP practices for managing sick leave

From: How do general practitioners contribute to preventing long-term work disability of their patients suffering from depressive disorders? A qualitative study

Dimensions Shared practices
Assessment of Sick-leave Relevance
 Information essential to supporting the relevance of sick leave Intensity of the symptoms, magnitude of the functional repercussions
Rarely evaluated using standardized measurement tools
 Frequency of re-assessment Re-assessment at least every 4 weeks
Treatment of Symptoms
 Type of non-pharmacological treatment recommended during sick leave Psychotherapy
Regular physical activity
 GPs’ order of preference when steering the patient toward psychotherapy services Employer resources (Employee Assistance Program ─ EAP)
Private resources
Public resources
Collaboration with Stakeholders
 Exchange of information with psychotherapists Not frequent but seen as important to ensure consistency between psychotherapist’s and GP’s interventions
What is seen as most important is receiving clinical information from the psychotherapist
 Exchange of information with employers Never done and not seen as relevant
 Exchange of information with insurers Limited to periodically filling out forms
Seen as important, but solely to facilitate access to specialized services that are otherwise difficult to access (e.g., rehabilitation)