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A qualitative exploratory study of training requirements for general practitioners attending older people resident in care homes

Ruaux, Sarah; Chadborn, Neil


Sarah Ruaux


Purpose: Older people who reside in care homes have varying access and quality of medical care; in the UK, this is provided by general practitioners (GPs). The authors aimed to explore the experiences of trainee GPs in delivering integrated care and discuss, with senior GPs, opportunities to improve training. Design/methodology/approach: Two trainees and thirteen senior GPs were recruited through professional networks and participated in semi-structured interviews. Transcriptions were analysed using thematic analysis, and the theory of negotiated order was used to interpret findings. Findings: Trainees received no specific training on working with care homes. Exposure to the care home setting was variable, and could be negligible, depending on the GP practice placement. Senior GPs expressed concerns about patient safety, due to practical challenges of the consultation and a sense of lack of control. Considering the theory of negotiated order, where GPs had trusting relationships with care home staff, the input of the staff could mitigate the sense of risk. Care plans could communicate needs and preferences within the team and may be a way of extending the negotiated order, for example giving care homes authority to implement end-of-life care when the GP is not present. Research limitations/implications: The authors identified a need for trainees to engage with the organisational aspect of the care home to deliver integrated care. Trusted relationships with staff led to improved consultations, care plans, and better management of risk. Originality/value: This is the first study of learning needs for GP trainees to provide integrated care for older care home residents.


Ruaux, S., & Chadborn, N. (2023). A qualitative exploratory study of training requirements for general practitioners attending older people resident in care homes. Journal of Integrated Care, 31(1), 64-74.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 28, 2022
Online Publication Date Aug 12, 2022
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Aug 10, 2022
Publicly Available Date Aug 11, 2022
Journal Journal of Integrated Care
Print ISSN 1476-9018
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 1
Pages 64-74
Keywords Public Administration; Sociology and Political Science; Health (social science)
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