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Australian general practitioner attitudes to residential aged care facility visiting

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Demographic trends suggest that the sustainability of the general practitioner (GP)

    Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) workforce, worldwide and in Australia, is under

    threat, compromising the ongoing care of chronically ill RACF residents. It is therefore

    important to ascertain current GP attitudes towards this work, to better understand

    and hypothesise means of reversing this trend. To this end, during 2014 the

    views of 26 GPs and GP Registrars working in rural and regional New South Wales,

    Australia, were captured during focus group discussions and one-on-

    one

    interviews.

    Analysis of the qualitative date revealed that GP attitudes towards RACF visiting fell

    into five key themes: pleasure, duty, remuneration and logistics, hesitation, and frustration.

    The data also revealed that the overriding emotion GPs felt about RACF visitation

    was frustration with the avoidable delays and inefficiencies associated with

    the work. Despite the pleasure GPs derived from their work in RACFs and their sense

    of obligation to be involved, their hesitation and frustration was compounded by the

    work’s perceived poor remuneration. This research suggests that the barriers to GP

    participation in RACF visiting were managerial rather than attitudinal, and that a strategic

    focus upon improving administrative and logistical support is needed.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Pearson, R., Mullan, J., Ujvary, E., Bonney, A. & Dijkmans-Hadley, B. (2018). Australian general practitioner attitudes to residential aged care facility visiting. Health and Social Care in the Community, 26 (4), e497-e504.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85042407230

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers1/39

Start Page


  • e497

End Page


  • e504

Volume


  • 26

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Demographic trends suggest that the sustainability of the general practitioner (GP)

    Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) workforce, worldwide and in Australia, is under

    threat, compromising the ongoing care of chronically ill RACF residents. It is therefore

    important to ascertain current GP attitudes towards this work, to better understand

    and hypothesise means of reversing this trend. To this end, during 2014 the

    views of 26 GPs and GP Registrars working in rural and regional New South Wales,

    Australia, were captured during focus group discussions and one-on-

    one

    interviews.

    Analysis of the qualitative date revealed that GP attitudes towards RACF visiting fell

    into five key themes: pleasure, duty, remuneration and logistics, hesitation, and frustration.

    The data also revealed that the overriding emotion GPs felt about RACF visitation

    was frustration with the avoidable delays and inefficiencies associated with

    the work. Despite the pleasure GPs derived from their work in RACFs and their sense

    of obligation to be involved, their hesitation and frustration was compounded by the

    work’s perceived poor remuneration. This research suggests that the barriers to GP

    participation in RACF visiting were managerial rather than attitudinal, and that a strategic

    focus upon improving administrative and logistical support is needed.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Pearson, R., Mullan, J., Ujvary, E., Bonney, A. & Dijkmans-Hadley, B. (2018). Australian general practitioner attitudes to residential aged care facility visiting. Health and Social Care in the Community, 26 (4), e497-e504.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85042407230

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers1/39

Start Page


  • e497

End Page


  • e504

Volume


  • 26

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom