Concerns and confidence of general practitioners in providing telephone consultations
UNSPECIFIED. (1999) Concerns and confidence of general practitioners in providing telephone consultations. BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE, 49 (439). pp. 111-113. ISSN 0960-1643Full text not available from this repository.
Background. In recent years the number of telephone consultations provided out of hours has increased. However, most general practitioners (GPs) have received little training in this area despite the specific skills needed to compensate for lack of visual information. Moreover, there has been no research exploring GPs' concerns and training needs in telephone consulting.
Aim. To assess GPs' concerns and levels of confidence in providing telephone consultations in order to inform the development of a new training course.
Method. Prior to attending the course, GPs were surveyed by interview or self-completion questionnaire to explore their confidence in providing telephone consultations.
Results. Thirty-eight GPs participated, and the sample was highly skewed towards females. The average age of participants was 42 years, 5 years less than the mean for GPs in the area. Low levels of confidence were reported by GPs in providing telephone consultations out of hours. A number of characteristics were common to telephone consultations described as difficult. The most important were lack of visual clues and lack of information about the patient; both of these were heightened in the out-of-hours period. Organizational factors leading to reduced confidence levels were also identified.
Conclusions. This study demonstrates low levels of confidence among GPs conducting telephone consultations, and highlights contributing factors. Although it is not clear how far these results can be generalized, they demonstrate the need to consider telephone consulting skills training in the context of new out-of-hours arrangements. The results have been used to develop a two-day course.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Journal or Publication Title:||BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE|
|Publisher:||ROYAL COLL GENERAL PRACTITIONERS|
|Official Date:||February 1999|
|Number of Pages:||3|
|Page Range:||pp. 111-113|
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