Patient perspectives on the management of COPD and Type 2 Diabetes in general practice: an interview study

Kim Lee*, Signe Beck Titlestad, Birgitte Nørgaard, Niels Bentzen, Jens Søndergaard, Michael Marcussen

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Background: The Danish healthcare system has undergone fundamental organisational changes. In recent years, treatment of most patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) in Denmark has been transferred from specialised hospitals to general practices, and only the most complicated cases are treated at hospital outpatients clinics or are admitted. This transfer aimed to reduce costs without compromising quality of care and ensure that the treatment was managed by general practitioners (GPs) who had personal knowledge of the patient. In this paper, we explore patients’ perceptions of the quality of care provided by their GPs. Methods: A qualitative research study was conducted with semi-structured interviews of 24 informants; nine were diagnosed with COPD and 15 were diagnosed with T2D. Snowball sampling was used for recruitment. Data were analysed using systematic text condensation. Results: The interviews revealed four main themes: 1) The informants perceived the quality of their treatment in general practice to be high due to their personal relationship with their GPs. 2) The informants valued their GP’s knowledge about them, their lives, and their illnesses. 3) The informants expressed a high degree of satisfaction with the quality of care received in general practice. 4) The informants expressed that geographical distance to the general practice was of minor importance to them. Conclusion: The patients perceived that the quality of the care and treatment they received were high following the transfer of COPD and T2D treatment to general practice. A strong, trusting relationship between the GP and the patient and the increased availability of the GP both contributed to their satisfaction with the GPs’ services.

Original languageEnglish
Article number174
JournalBMC Primary Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


  • General practice
  • Organisational Changes
  • Primary Care
  • Qualitative research


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