Barriers to academic detailers: A qualitative study in general practice

Janssens, Isabelle, De Meyere, Marc, Habraken, Hilde, Soenen, Kris, van Driel, Mieke, Christiaens, Thierry and Bogaert, Marc (2005) Barriers to academic detailers: A qualitative study in general practice. European Journal of General Practice, 11 2: 59-63.

Author Janssens, Isabelle
De Meyere, Marc
Habraken, Hilde
Soenen, Kris
van Driel, Mieke
Christiaens, Thierry
Bogaert, Marc
Title Barriers to academic detailers: A qualitative study in general practice
Journal name European Journal of General Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1381-4788
Publication date 2005-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 11
Issue 2
Start page 59
End page 63
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: International research has proved that academic detailing positively influences the prescribing behaviour of physicians. In the North-East Flanders region of Belgium, a quantitative study of the feasibility and acceptability of academic detailing in general practice has demonstrated that academic detailers are appreciated by physicians.
Objective: In addition to the quantitative study, a qualitative study was carried out to determine physicians' attitudes to academic detailing and their objections against it.
Methods: This study took place in general practice in the North-East Flanders region of Belgium, using semi-structured interviews. Nineteen physicians who had previously had a visit from an academic detailer in the quantitative study, and 19 who had refused were invited for an interview.
Results: Eighteen physicians who had been visited by an academic detailer, and nine who had refused a visit agreed to be interviewed. Although most physicians who had had a visit from an academic detailer appreciated the visit, some barriers were revealed. Physicians had doubts about the objectivity, stated that the information was not new or that they had other ways to obtain information. These barriers were also mentioned by the physicians who had refused a visit. Additional barriers were that the visits were time-consuming, meant to cut expenses, politically coloured, and patronising.
Conclusion: Doubts about independence and objectivity of the information were stated as important barriers both by physicians who had accepted a visit from an academic detailer and by those who had not. These issues need to be dealt with when designing future interventions with academic detailers.
Keyword Family practice
Academic detailing
Qualitative research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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