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Older patients' attitudes to general practice registrars: a qualitative study

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Abstract


  • Background

    Research suggests that older patients may be reluctant to engage

    general practice registrars (GPRs) in their care. The authors

    undertook a qualitative study of the attitudes of older patients to GPRs

    to investigate this issue.

    Method

    Thirty-eight patients aged 60 years and over from three training

    practices participated in semistructured telephone interviews, which

    explored patients responses to GPRs. The interviews were recorded,

    transcribed and analysed using a template analysis approach.

    Results

    Analysis of the interviews produced five major themes concerning

    patient attitudes to GPRs: desire for continuity, desire for access,

    openness, trust and a desire for meaningful communication.

    Discussion

    Older patients attitudes to GPRs cannot be viewed in isolation from

    their relationship with their usual general practitioner, and this needs

    to be taken into account when engaging GPRs in the care of older

    patients. Systems need to be developed to maintain relational and

    informational continuity with older patients' regular GPs.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Bonney, A. D., Phillipson, L., Jones, S. C. & Iverson, D. C. (2009). Older patients' attitudes to general practice registrars: a qualitative study. Australian Family Physician, 38 (11), 927-931.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-73049105394

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1226&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/215

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 927

End Page


  • 931

Volume


  • 38

Issue


  • 11

Abstract


  • Background

    Research suggests that older patients may be reluctant to engage

    general practice registrars (GPRs) in their care. The authors

    undertook a qualitative study of the attitudes of older patients to GPRs

    to investigate this issue.

    Method

    Thirty-eight patients aged 60 years and over from three training

    practices participated in semistructured telephone interviews, which

    explored patients responses to GPRs. The interviews were recorded,

    transcribed and analysed using a template analysis approach.

    Results

    Analysis of the interviews produced five major themes concerning

    patient attitudes to GPRs: desire for continuity, desire for access,

    openness, trust and a desire for meaningful communication.

    Discussion

    Older patients attitudes to GPRs cannot be viewed in isolation from

    their relationship with their usual general practitioner, and this needs

    to be taken into account when engaging GPRs in the care of older

    patients. Systems need to be developed to maintain relational and

    informational continuity with older patients' regular GPs.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Bonney, A. D., Phillipson, L., Jones, S. C. & Iverson, D. C. (2009). Older patients' attitudes to general practice registrars: a qualitative study. Australian Family Physician, 38 (11), 927-931.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-73049105394

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1226&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/215

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 927

End Page


  • 931

Volume


  • 38

Issue


  • 11