The only chance for a 'bird's-eye view': General practice registrar experiences of direct observation

Niroshe Amarasekera, Belinda Garth, Steve Trumble

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Direct observation is a teaching and assessment method in general practice training, providing important and timely feedback to registrars on their clinical and consultation skills. Registrar perspectives on direct observation are essential for understanding its utility for learning. The aim of this study was to explore registrar experiences of direct observation to identify key considerations for using direct observation in general practice training. METHOD: In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven general practice registrars in Victoria, across different stages of training. Data were analysed thematically RESULTS: The main themes identified related to registrar engagement, supervisor engagement, practice engagement and training organisation engagement. DISCUSSION: Using the principles of adult learning and work-based learning, this study offers an understanding of the individual and workplace-based factors that affect registrar experience of direct observation and suggests some strategies for achieving best outcomes for registrar learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)903-910
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Journal of General Practice
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022

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