Background Research suggests that older patients may be reluctant to engage
general practice registrars (GPRs) in their care. The authors
undertook a qualitative study of the attitudes of older patients to GPRs
to investigate this issue.
Discussion Older patients’ attitudes to GPRs cannot be viewed in isolation from
their relationship with their usual general practitioner, and this needs
to be taken into account when engaging GPRs in the care of older
patients. Systems need to be developed to maintain relational and
informational continuity with older patients’ ‘regular’ GP.
Results Analysis of the interviews produced five major themes concerning
patients’ attitudes to GPRs: ‘desire for continuity’, ‘desire for access’,
‘openness’, ‘trust’ and a ‘desire for meaningful communication’.
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