General practitioner registrars' experiences of multisource feedback: A qualitative study

Nigel Findlay

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Purpose of the study: To explore the experiences of general practitioner (GP) specialty training registrars, thereby generating more understanding of the ways in which multisource feedback impacts upon their self-perceptions and professional behaviour, and provide information that might guide its use in the revalidation process of practising GPs. Methods: Complete transcripts of semi-structured, audio-taped qualitative interviews were analysed using the constant comparative method, to describe the experiences of multisource feedback for individual registrars. Results: Five GP registrars participated. The first theme to emerge was the importance of the educational supervisor in encouraging the registrar through the emotional response, then facilitating interpretation of feedback and personal development. The second was the differing attitudes to learning and development, which may be in conflict with threats to self-image. Conclusion: The current RCGP format for obtaining multisource feedback for GP registrars may not always be achieving its purpose of challenging self-perceptions and motivating improved performance. An enhanced qualitative approach, through personal interviews rather than anonymous questionnaires, may provide a more accurate picture. This would address the concerns of some registrars by reducing their logistical burden and may facilitate more constructive feedback. The educational supervisor has an important role in promoting personal development, once this feedback is shared. The challenge for teaching organisations is to create a climate of comfort for learning, yet encourage learning beyond a 'comfort zone'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-329
JournalEducation for Primary Care
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


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