Are they safe in there? Patient safety and trainees in the practice

Byrnes, Patrick D., Crawford, Margaret and Wong, Brittany (2012) Are they safe in there? Patient safety and trainees in the practice. Australian Family Physician, 41 1-2: 26-29.

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Author Byrnes, Patrick D.
Crawford, Margaret
Wong, Brittany
Title Are they safe in there? Patient safety and trainees in the practice
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2012-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 41
Issue 1-2
Start page 26
End page 29
Total pages 4
Place of publication South Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract Background
Due to the projected increase of medical graduates and general practice registrars, a rapid increase in new trainers and practices is required. The resulting mix of relatively inexperienced trainers and trainees makes the examination of the important question of patient safety even more pertinent.
Objective
To describe practical techniques that look beyond the door of the closed consulting room to detect unconscious incompetence in trainees.
Discussion
Trainees can both be conscious of their incompetence and ask for help, or unconscious of their incompetence. Many articles have been written on teaching trainees who ask for help, but it is the trainee who does not ask for help who may be at most risk of serious problems, and therefore compromise patient safety. Formative assessment and feedback should be used to empower trainees as self-regulated learners. There are seven principles of good feedback practice that help develop self-regulation. This article provides practical teaching tips for supervisors in general practice.
Keyword Clinical competence
Quality of health care
General practice
Education
Medical
Q-Index Code CX
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Institutional Status UQ

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