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Table 2 Reported self-perception of protagonists and perception of these groups by other medical protagonists

From: Image and perception of physicians as barriers to inter-disciplinary cooperation? – the example of German occupational health physicians in the rehabilitation process: a qualitative study

  OP PCP RP
In-Group perception Working in the interest of patients
Profound knowledge of workplace; which others were lacking
Experts on interface between occupation and health
Well-suited to be coordinators in rehabilitation process
Good relationship with their patients
Role in rehabilitation process not known and adequately valued
Important for successful rehabilitation process
Hardworking
Dedicated to patients
Advocates for their patients
Important for successful rehabilitation process
Good and intensive relationship with patients
Profound knowledge of patients workplace
High workload and unjustified demand from patients
Dedicated to cooperation with other protagonists
Promoting patients’ physical health, social well-being, and occupational participation
Out-group perception Henchman of the employer
Limited agency
Not hardworking
Not working in the interest of patients
Patients don’t know them
Role and function in rehabilitation process unclear
Not interested in cooperation
PCPs and OPs are competitors
Not interested in cooperation
Not interested in cooperation
Insincere concerning reported rehabilitation outcomes
Not interested in the patients’ health after end of rehabilitation
Not hardworking
Not very ambitious
  1. This table displays the self-perception of protagonists (in-group perception) and perception of these groups by other medical protagonists (out-group perception) with regard to the rehabilitation of employees as reported by the medical stakeholders