(Commenced by members of the staff of the GP Synergy Research & Evaluation Unit prior to the formation of the Unit)
This is a cohort study of the practice of GP supervisors in the Hunter Valley region of NSW, led by GP supervisor Dr Steve Sylvester of the Scone Medical Practice. The aim of the study is to determine the frequency with which clinical procedures are performed in general practice teaching practices, by the GP supervisors of GP registrars. The results will provide indirect evidence for the potential for additional in-practice procedural teaching of GP registrars (who have been demonstrated in ReCEnT analyses to have low levels of office-based procedural experience).
Twenty-nine supervisors kept records of all office-based procedures they performed over a period of eight weeks, spread (during four 2 week blocks) over a 12-18-month period.
The project utilized a list of procedures appropriate to be taught in GP vocational training derived from a previous Delphi-process study by our team1.