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„This wait-and-see strategy, we don’t have it here“

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2016.0198–0202

Allgemeinärzte in der Notaufnahme einer Universitätsklinik: eine qualitative Untersuchung

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Katharina Klindtworth, Nils Schneider, Olaf Krause, Saskia Jünger

Keywords: Family Practice University Hospital Accident and Emergency Department Clinical Patient Care

Family Practitioners in a University Emergency Department

Background: Accident and emergency departments (A&E) are facing increasing numbers of patients. At Hannover Medical School, family practitioners (FPs) have therefore been integrated in the A&E for ambulatory patient care. To date, FPs’ perception of their work at the A&E has not been examined.

Methods: Five doctors from the department of family medicine working in the A&E in 2015 took part in a focus group discussion. The discussion was audiorecorded, transcribed and coded according to Qualitative Description. After open coding in a first step, the category system was developed in a consensus process.

Results: From the FPs’ perspective, the disease spectrum is – apart from some more difficult cases – similar to that in family practice. Patients also have higher expectations regarding diagnostics and care. „Wait-and-see“ as a basic principle of family medicine cannot be used in A&E. Due to the lower priority of their patients, FPs do not always feel equal among the specialised disciplines in A&E. Altogether, FPs appreciate working in a field diverse from their practice, and being part of a multidisciplinary team.

Conclusions: FPs describe working at A&E as professionally rewarding. However, there is a lack of basic principles of family medicine in A&E, such as knowing one’s patient and the option of follow-up consultations. The integration of FP in an A&E is possible and valuable but cannot replace the care provided in family practice.


(State: 17.05.2016)

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