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|Assessing pathology training needs: results from a survey of general practice registrars
|Australian Family Physician, 2012; 41(9):721-724
|Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
|Tanya Bubmer, Caroline Laurence and Rosy Tirimacco
|BACKGROUND: The number of pathology tests ordered by general practitioners is rising. Some of this increase may reflect overtesting, overutilisation or training deficiency. The aim of this study was to identify the pathology training needs of general practice registrars in regards to test ordering and interpretation of common conditions found in general practice. METHODS: A pathology training needs assessment survey was distributed to 82 South Australian general practice registrars. RESULTS: The survey response rate was 55%. Pathology training diminishes as participants move through their medical training. General practice registrars had most difficulty with test ordering and interpretation in the areas of fatigue, menopausal complaints, arthritis and menstrual problems. DISCUSSION: These findings will assist those who supervise and support general practice registrars in their training. Targeted pathology training in areas identified as difficult may assist in reducing healthcare expenditure and improve the management of patients’ clinical conditions.
vocational education/graduate education
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