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Core characteristics of the competent general practice trainer, a Delphi study.

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  • 1Department of Vocational Training for General Practice, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen, Antonius Deusinglaan 4, 9713 AW Groningen, The Netherlands. p.m.boendermaker@med.rug.nl



The specific skills, attitude, knowledge, and personality characteristics, which should define the competent GP-trainer have been subject of research for many years. What are the most important of these characteristics have yet to be delineated.


The aim of this study is to identify which characteristics are prerequisite for a competent GP-trainer.


A modified Delphi procedure was used to answer the research question. Earlier qualitative research using focus groups identified 43 characteristics defining the competent GP-trainer. These characteristics were the subject of the Delphi procedure in which 48 experts chosen from the entire field of Dutch General Practice Training participated.


After two rounds of the Delphi procedure, 37 characteristics were identified as being important for a competent GP-trainer. The characteristics which were ranked as the most important were 1. a competent GP-trainer is good at giving feedback, 2. dares to give feedback, 3. is critical of the GP-trainee and the learning process, 4. is good at communicating with the GP-trainee, and 5. has respect for the trainee. An important new characteristic has been identified: "being able to inspire reflection in the trainee".


The core characteristics of the GP-trainer as identified in this research project, form a profile for the ideal GP-trainer to be used as a blueprint for objectives of schooling and for the assessment of GP-trainers.

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