International medical graduates (IMGs) form a significant part of the Australian workforce.
Despite criticism of the clinical
performance of international medical
graduates (IMGs), little is known about
the views of patients within a general
A survey was conducted to measure the
responses of 1127 patients of 10 GPs,
five IMGs and five Australian graduates.
The General Practice Assessment
Questionnaire was used to assess the
attitudes of patients towards attributes
of the consultation and how the patient
felt in terms of understanding and
coping with their problem or illness.
No statistically significant differences
were found in any of the reported
categories, although there were some
responses that approached significance
and warrant further investigation. The
level of patient satisfaction with, and
acceptance of, received care was
similar whether the GP was an IMG or
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