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Exploring opportunities for general practice registrars to manage older patients with chronic disease


Bentley, M and Kerr, R and Scott, F and Hansen, E and Magin, P and Bonney, A, Exploring opportunities for general practice registrars to manage older patients with chronic disease, Australian Journal of General Practice, 48, (7) pp. 451-456. ISSN 0300-8495 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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General practice registrars see fewer older patients with chronic disease than established general practitioners (GPs). Furthermore, registrars have fewer opportunities to be involved in continuity of care for older patients.


The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of general practice supervisors and registrars when providing in-practice care for older patients with chronic disease.


Three focus groups and 21 interviews (18 supervisors, 17 registrars) were conducted, recorded and transcribed. The main themes were derived using thematic analysis.


Three main themes were reported: context influences registrars’ exposure to older patients; opportunities for continuity of care need ongoing negotiation and communication; registrars are competent – trust and confidence follows.


Developing tailored models of shared patient care that suit different practices and supervisors will require ongoing negotiation and communication. This study confirms the need to enhance exposure for general practice registrars in ways that build on the competence of registrars and the trust in registrars by older patients and supervisors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:general practice, registrars, chronic disease, older patients
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Bentley, M (Dr Michael Bentley)
UTAS Author:Kerr, R (Dr Rohan Kerr)
UTAS Author:Hansen, E (Dr Emily Hansen)
ID Code:134109
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-07-26
Last Modified:2019-08-13

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