Satisfaction of General Practice Trainees with the Teaching Skills of Trainers: An Exploratory and Regional Study

Authors

  • Inês Coelho Unidade de Saúde Familiar do Dafundo. Agrupamento de Centros de Saúde de Lisboa Ocidental e Oeiras. Lisboa. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9693-8823
  • Matilde Padrão Dias Unidade de Saúde Familiar do Dafundo. Agrupamento de Centros de Saúde de Lisboa Ocidental e Oeiras. Lisboa. Coordenação do Internato de Medicina Geral e Familiar. Administração Regional de Saúde de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo. Lisboa.
  • Catarina Leal Unidade de Saúde Familiar Dona Maria I. Agrupamento de Centros de Saúde de Queluz. Queluz.
  • Catarina Mestrinho Unidade de Saúde Familiar do Dafundo. Agrupamento de Centros de Saúde de Lisboa Ocidental e Oeiras. Lisboa.
  • Ivone Gonçalves Unidade de Saúde Familiar do Dafundo. Agrupamento de Centros de Saúde de Lisboa Ocidental e Oeiras. Lisboa. Comissão de Ética para a Saúde. Administração Regional de Saude de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo. Lisboa. Clínica Universitária de Medicina Geral e Familiar. Faculdade de Medicina. Universidade de Lisboa. Lisboa.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20344/amp.13321

Keywords:

Education, Medical, General Practice

Abstract

Introduction: In Portugal, requirements for selection and training of General Practice trainers vary across the different regions of the country. The aim of our study was to assess the satisfaction of general practice trainees with their trainers of the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Regional Health Administration.
Material and Methods: General Practice trainees were the target population for our cross-sectional, exploratory study. The authors developed a 16-item questionnaire based on the existing literature. The questions covered the following domains: patient safety, learning environment, trainer’s feedback, the trainee/trainer relationship, assessment of educational progress and continuous professional development of trainers. Items were scored on a 5-point Likert-type scale. Data was collected at a meeting in October 2018 attended by General Practice trainees.
Results: A total of 384 questionnaires were distributed, with a response rate of 59.9%. The majority of respondents were female (79.9%) and all years of specialty training were represented. Our study shows that 60.4% of General Practice trainees from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Regional Health Administration are very satisfied with the teaching skills of their trainers. However, there was lower satisfaction with trainer’s continuous professional development, trainer’s feedback, and monitoring of educational progress. The majority (57.4%) of respondents did not give feedback to their supervisors about their teaching performance, mostly because they do not feel comfortable doing so or because they have not considered this.
Discussion: The findings show a high degree of satisfaction of the general practice trainees with their trainers of the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Regional Health Administration. The high response rate attained is one of the strengths of the study. The authors make some suggestions for improvement of domains with lower satisfaction levels. Unfortunately, it is difficult to extrapolate the findings nationwide due to the differences between the training programmes of the different regions.
Conclusion: Although there is a high level of satisfaction, there is still potential for improvement, including the expansion of training programmes for trainers.

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Published

2021-06-30

How to Cite

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Coelho I, Dias MP, Leal C, Mestrinho C, Gonçalves I. Satisfaction of General Practice Trainees with the Teaching Skills of Trainers: An Exploratory and Regional Study. Acta Med Port [Internet]. 2021 Jun. 30 [cited 2022 Dec. 7];34(7-8):517-22. Available from: https://www.actamedicaportuguesa.com/revista/index.php/amp/article/view/13321