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Are GP supervisors confident they can assess registrar competence and safety, and what methods do they use?

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Ingham, G and Morgan, S and Kinsman, L and Fry, J, Are GP supervisors confident they can assess registrar competence and safety, and what methods do they use?, Australian Family Physician, 44, (4) pp. 236-240. ISSN 0300-8495 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Official URL: http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2015/april/are-gp-supe...

Abstract

Background: The new Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ vocational training standards emphasise patient safety and matching the level of supervision to registrar competence.

Methods: All supervisors attending a regional training provider’s annual education workshop were surveyed about their overall confidence in assessing the safety of their registrars’ patients, their registrars’ competence across the five RACGP domains of general practice and supervision methods used.

Results: Of 84 supervisors, 92.8% expressed overall confidence in their ability to assess their registrars’ competence and 10.7% were totally confident. Consultation observation and audit techniques were infrequently used in their assessments.

Discussion: Supervisors reported confidence in their ability to assess their registrars’ competence, suggesting readiness for outcomesbased standards. The low frequency of using supervision methods considered more effective in targeting registrars’ ‘unknown unknowns’ and the reduction in confidence with greater experiences as a supervisor raises concerns about the accuracy of this self-assessment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:general practice, education, medical, competency based education
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Diagnostic Methods
Author:Kinsman, L (Professor Leigh Kinsman)
ID Code:100009
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-04-22
Last Modified:2016-05-31
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