Developing a framework for understanding doctors’ health access: A qualitative study of Australian GPs

Kay, Margaret,, Mitchell, Geoffrey, Clavarino, Alexandra and Frank, Erica (2012) Developing a framework for understanding doctors’ health access: A qualitative study of Australian GPs. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 18 2: 158-165. doi:10.1071/PY11003

Author Kay, Margaret,
Mitchell, Geoffrey
Clavarino, Alexandra
Frank, Erica
Title Developing a framework for understanding doctors’ health access: A qualitative study of Australian GPs
Language of Title eng
Journal name Australian Journal of Primary Health   Check publisher's open access policy
Language of Journal Name eng
ISSN 1448-7527
Publication date 2012
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/PY11003
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 158
End page 165
Total pages 8
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Health access behaviours of doctors need to be understood if the profession is to adequately respond to concerns raised about doctors’ health. There has been limited investigation of these issues and most qualitative studies have focussed on doctors who have been seriously unwell. This research project was designed to explore doctors’ attitudes to health access and the barriers they experience using six independently facilitated focus groups (37 general practitioners) in Brisbane, Australia. Themes that emerged using inductive thematic analysis were grouped into three key categories. The findings challenge current representations of doctors’ health within the medical literature. Doctors in this study reported positive attitudes towards their own health care. Health access, however, was difficult because of the barriers they encountered. These barriers are described in detail revealing the rationale used by doctors seeking care. A framework of patient, provider and profession barrier domains is developed to enable a comparison between the health access barriers of the doctor and those experienced by the general community. The complexity is highlighted as the socio-cultural factors woven through these barrier domains are recognised. The potential for this framework to provide a structure for future interventions to enhance doctors’ health access is discussed.
Keyword Attitude of health personnel
Doctor health
Health behaviour
Qualitative data
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 15 November 2011

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