GPs carry out consultations in as little as two minutes study finds

first_imgGP If you are interested in general practice you don’t admit to it, you cover it upProfessor Maureen Baker, Chair of the Royal College of GPs Maureen Baker, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said the “systematic denigration” of family doctors was having a noticeable impact on the number medics choosing to pursue the vocation as a career.The situation is being compounded, she said, by specialist hospital doctors, responsible for mentoring trainee medics, who too often “bad mouth” general practice, she said earlier this year. England is currently experiencing an estimated shortfall of 3,325 GPs, with 12 per cent of posts unfilled in 2015, according to the royal college, which estimates the deficit will rise to 8,371 by 2020 if the current trend continues. Researchers found patients who spent longer in the consultation room did not report higher levels of satisfaction than those with shorter appointments, and were no more likely to have trust and confidence in their GP.The study found some of those with the  shortest slots were among the most satisfied with their doctors.But the authors said more research was needed to examine the benefits of longer consultations for those with complex multiple conditions.The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, follows calls from the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal College of GPs to extend appointments to at least 15 minutes.A BMA survey of 15,000 GPs found nine in ten felt 10 minutes was not enough.Earlier this year the head of the profession said medical students are being put off becoming GPs by a culture of “banter” that stigmatises general practice as “soft” and “unglamorous” . Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. GPs are carrying out consultations in as little as two minutes, research has found, with one in 20 patients out the door in less than four minutes. The study by Cambridge University examined 440 GP consultations, and found the average patient spent just over 10 minutes with their doctor.The shortest consultation took just two minutes 15 seconds, the study found, while the longest took more than half an hour.More than half of cases were dealt with in less than 10 minutes, with around five per cent of patients out the door in less than four minutes, the study shows. Aspiring GPs often feel they can’t reveal their ambitionsCredit:Telegraphlast_img read more