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Table 2 Parent problem presentation

From: Understanding the influence of parent-clinician communication on antibiotic prescribing for children with respiratory tract infections in primary care: a qualitative observational study using a conversation analysis approach

Problem Presentation type Frequency (%) Example
Symptoms only 23 (40%) “she’s had a cold and a cough, er, for about a couple of weeks now. (…) the cough’s sort of getting worse. She’s still got a bit of a runny nose. Erm, and it’s sort of waking her up at night. And I just really want some guidance.” (P52: mother)
Viral candidate diagnosis 11 (20%) it looked like it was a viral infection” (P01: father)
Candidate explanations 7 (13%) “I think sometimes he’s just coughing so much that he’s ending up being sick” (P03: mother)
Antibiotic implicative candidate diagnoses 7 (13%) she’s had a really bad chest infection” (P13: father)
Antibiotic implicative symptoms only 8 (14%) she’s now sounding really phlegmy, and right on the chest” (P56: mother)