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Study protocol: the registrar clinical encounters in training (ReCEnT) study

Morgan, Simon, Magin, Parker J, Henderson, Kim M, Goode, Susan M, Scott, John, Bowe, Steven J, Regan, Catherine M, Sweeney, Kevin P, Jackel, Julian and van Driel, Mieke L 2012, Study protocol: the registrar clinical encounters in training (ReCEnT) study, BMC family practice, vol. 13, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1186/1471-2296-13-50.

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Title Study protocol: the registrar clinical encounters in training (ReCEnT) study
Author(s) Morgan, Simon
Magin, Parker J
Henderson, Kim M
Goode, Susan M
Scott, John
Bowe, Steven JORCID iD for Bowe, Steven J orcid.org/0000-0003-3813-842X
Regan, Catherine M
Sweeney, Kevin P
Jackel, Julian
van Driel, Mieke L
Journal name BMC family practice
Volume number 13
Article ID 50
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1471-2296
1471-2296
Keyword(s) Clinical Protocols
Cohort Studies
Family Practice
Humans
Primary Health Care
Registries
Work Schedule Tolerance
Summary Background
Patient encounters are the core learning activity of Australian general practice (family practice) training. Exposure to patient demographics and presentations may vary from one general practice registrar (vocational trainee) to another. This can affect comprehensiveness of training. Currently, there is no mechanism to systematically capture the content of GP registrar consultations. The aim of the Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) study is to document longitudinally the nature and associations of consultation-based clinical and educational experiences of general practice registrars.

Methods/design
This is an ongoing prospective multi-site cohort study of general practice registrars’ consultations, entailing paper-based recording of consultation data. The study setting is general practices affiliated with three geographically-based Australian general practice regional training providers. Registrars record details of 60 consecutive consultations. Data collected includes registrar demographics, details of the consultation, patient demographics, reasons for encounter and problems managed. Problems managed are coded with the International Classification of Primary Care (second edition) classification system. Additionally, registrars record educational factors related to the encounter. The study will follow the clinical exposure of each registrar six-monthly over the 18 months to two years (full-time equivalent) of their general practice training program.

Conclusions
The study will provide data on a range of factors (patient, registrar and consultation factors). This data will be used to inform a range of educational decisions as well as being used to answer educational research questions. We plan to use ReCEnT as a formative assessment tool for registrars and help identify and address educational needs. The study will facilitate program evaluation by the participating training providers and thus improve articulation of educational programs with practice experience. From the research point of view it will address an evidence gap – the in-practice clinical and educational experience of general practice trainees, determinants of these experiences, and the determinants of registrars’ patterns of practice (for example, prescribing practice) over the course of their training.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1471-2296-13-50
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Morgan et al
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30097370

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