Research and publications
Minor Ailments in the General Practitioner’s Practice
General practioners have to use one hour a day to see patients for minor ailments they could have handled themselves. During the 2006-2009 period, demand for GP care increased, as did demand for treatment for minor ailments. These are ‘self-limiting’ ailments that require little to no professional medical intervention and for which self-care suffices. Little is known about the scope of minor ailments at GP practices and even less about which policy is then followed on these. In order to obtain a better insight into this, a survey was conducted on the basis of the National GP Care Information Network (LINH) for the years 2003-2009.