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Why geriatric medicine? A survey of UK specialist trainees in geriatric medicine

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James Fisher, Dr Mark Garside


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© The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Geriatrics Society.All rights reserved. Background: there is concern that there are insufficient numbers of geriatricians to meet the needs of the ageing population. A 2005 survey described factors that influenced why UK geriatricians had chosen to specialise in the field-in the decade since, UK postgraduate training has undergone a fundamental restructure.Objective: to explore whether the reasons for choosing a career in geriatric medicine in the UK had changed over time, with the goal of using this knowledge to inform recruitment and training initiatives.Design: an online survey was sent to all UK higher medical trainees in geriatric medicine.Methods: survey questions that produced categorical data were analysed with simple descriptive statistics. For the survey questions that produced free-text responses, an inductive, iterative approach to analysis, in keeping with the principles of framework analysis, was employed.Results: two hundred and sixty-nine responses were received out of 641 eligible respondents. Compared with the previous survey, a substantially larger number of respondents regarded geriatric medicine to be their first-choice specialty and a smaller number regretted their career decision. A greater number chose geriatric medicine early in their medical careers. Commitments to the general medical rota and the burden of service provision were considered important downsides to the specialty.Conclusions: there are reasons to be optimistic about recruitment to geriatric medicine. Future attempts to drive up recruitment might legitimately focus on the role of the medical registrar and perceptions that geriatricians shoulder a disproportionate burden of service commitments and obligations to the acute medical take.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Fisher JM, Garside MJ, Brock P, Gibson V, Hunt K, Briggs S, Gordon AL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Age and Ageing

Year: 2017

Volume: 46

Issue: 4

Pages: 672-677

Print publication date: 01/07/2017

Online publication date: 06/02/2017

Acceptance date: 07/12/2016

ISSN (print): 0002-0729

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2834

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afx009


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