How the relationships between general practitioners and intensivists can be improved: The general practitioners' point of view

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Introduction: The present study assessed the opinion of general practitioners (GPs) concerning their relationships with intensivists.Methods: An anonymous questionnaire was mailed to 7,239 GPs. GPs were asked about their professional activities, postgraduate intensive care unit (ICU) training, the rate of patient admittance to ICUs, and their relationships with intensivists. Relationship assessment was performed by using a graduated visual analogue scale (VAS) ranging from 0 (dissatisfaction) to 100 (satisfaction). A multivariate analysis with stepwise logistic regression was performed to isolate factors explaining dissatisfaction (VAS score, < 25thpercentile).Results: Twenty-two percent of the GPs (1,561) responded. The median satisfaction score was 57 of 100 (interquartile (IQ), 35 to 77]. Five independent factors of dissatisfaction were identified: no information provided to GPs at patient admission (odds ratio (OR) = 2.55 (1.71 to 3.80)); poor quality of family reception in the ICU (OR = 2.06 (1.40 to 3.02)); the ICU's family contact person's identity or function or both is unclear (OR = 1.48 (1.03 to 2.12)), lack of family information (OR = 2.02 (2.48 to 2.75)), and lack of discharge report (OR = 3.39 (1.70 to 6.76)). Three independent factors prevent dissatisfaction: age of GPs ≤45 years (OR = 0.69 (0.51 to 0.94)); the GP is called at patient ICU admission (OR = 0.44 (0.31 to 0.63)); and GP involvement in treatment decisions (OR = 0.17 (0.07 to 0.40)).Conclusions: Considerable improvement in GP/intensivist relationships can be achieved through increased communication measures. © 2010 Etesse et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.




Etesse, B., Jaber, S., Mura, T., Leone, M., Constantin, J. M., Michelet, P., … Lefrant, J. Y. (2010). How the relationships between general practitioners and intensivists can be improved: The general practitioners’ point of view. Critical Care, 14(3).

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