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A qualitative study of pre-registration house officers in general practice

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jan Illing, Dr George Taylor, Professor Tim Van Zwanenberg OBE


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Objectives To evaluate a unique pre-registration house officer (PRHO) rotation involving half a week in general practice over a 4-month period. House officers' and supervisors' views were sought on the value of this type of rotation. Design Qualitative study using semi-structured interviews. Setting A four-partner postgraduate training practice in a deprived urban part of North-east England. Subjects Pre-registration house officers and supervisors. Results House officers gained in educational and clinical terms from their period in general practice. They had a high level of individual supervision and teaching and encountered a wider spectrum of illness than in hospital. They found certain aspects of general practice stressful. The supervision required was greater than that needed for a registrar. The supervision of house officers requires support and possibly further education for the supervisor. Conclusions General practice can provide valuable supervised experience at this stage of a doctor's career.

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Author(s): Illing J, Taylor G, van Zwanenberg T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Medical Education

Year: 1999

Volume: 33

Issue: 12

Pages: 894-900

ISSN (print): 0308-0110

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2923

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2923.1999.00411.x


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