The role and conclusions of the discussions in the basic group in the municipality of Verdal have been evaluated. 70 patients were referred to the group during a three year period. The large majority of the patients suffered from minor mental disease or musculoskeletal disease. 63% of the patients and 69% of their own doctors attended the discussion. Follow-up, first after one year and later after two to four years showed a fair degree of reliability as regards the accuracy of the group's conclusions. The basic group is an important collaborator for the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme and should be consulted at an early stage in many cases evaluated for rehabilitation benefits or disability pension.