Background: Germany is facing a shortage of primary care physicians (general practitioners, GPs). To improve post-graduate training in general practice, competency centres were established across Germany. The core of their work is a seminar programme. It was observed that some GP trainees constantly participate, while others are seldomly seen. The aim of this study was to explore what helps and what hinders constant participation. Methods: GP trainees of the Verbundweiterbildungplus Baden-Württemberg (2008 – 2017), predecessor of the KWBW Verbundweiterbildungplus© program (2017 – present), were included in the study. First, participation in the years 2014 and 2015 was analysed. We recruited the very active as well as the no-show participants for semi-structured telephone interviews. Content analysis was performed by three independent scientists. Results: Participation of n = 353 trainees was analysed. N = 30 trainees participated in the study (including n = 13 no show). The average interview length was 25 minutes (13–36 minutes). Trainees felt motivated by practice-oriented, varying and learner-oriented subjects. They highlighted the professional and personal interaction and its networking effects. Participants favoured lecturing during working days, topics structuring daily training and supporting every day practice. The seminar moderators’ treasure trove of experience and their teaching competencies were regarded as essential. The fact that employers do not regularly grant time away from work to attend the training programme was cited as a major inhibiting factor. Other reasons given for non-attendance included long travel distances, repeat topics or an imbalance between gain of knowledge and social interactions, and finally, a high individual level of work strain, given the dual burden on those trying to combine work and family life and taking on the main responsibility for children. Conclusions: The main enablers (motivators) of participation were practice- and learner-oriented topics and beneficial social interactions. During the seminars, participants experience group membership and the enthusiastic (learning) atmosphere boosts trainees to proceed with their training and follow their career paths in general practice. Continuous participation requires protected time. Competence Centres for postgraduate medical education should take these findings into consideration for quality management and programme planning, and, if possible, should initiate and evaluate appropriate countermeasures.
|Translated title of the contribution||Determinants of participation in seminars as part of a post-graduate training programme: a qualitative study with general practice residents|
|Journal||Zeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 06.2021|
Research Areas and Centers
- Research Area: Center for Population Medicine and Public Health (ZBV)