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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

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

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.

AIM:

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

METHOD:

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.

RESULTS:

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".

CONCLUSION:

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.

PMID:
12913370
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