General practitioners might experience frustration in their work with sickness benefit declarations for the department of social services. The task is to be both truthful to the authorities whilst being the advocate of their patient. The roles are seemingly switched: The doctors, with their expertise within health, find it easier to accept slightly psychosocial reasons for impartments of functions than the caseworker who has been trained in the social services – and who needs a clear diagnosis to justify the right to sickness benefits.

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