420 Are Part-Time General Practitioners Just Fractions Of Their Full Time Colleagues? An Analysis Of The Mts 95 Database

D. Mazza, S. Northfield
University of Melbourne
An increasing number of GPs are choosing to work part-time. It is unclear whether working part-time in general practice hass any effects on the typ of clinical work undertaken.
Aim: To compare and contrast the clinical practice characteristics of part and full time general practitioners.
Method: The MTS95 (Morbidity and Treatment Survey) database, derived from a quality assurance option of the RACGP, was used as a data source. It describes 100 consecutive patient encounters of 641 GPs. Part time GPs were those working six or less sessions per week. Univariate analysis was used to determine the differences between part and full time GPs in terms of age, sex, patient characteristics, reasons for encounter and number of reasons per encounter.
Results: Thirty three per cent of GPs in the MTS 95 worked part time. The majority of part time males were over 55; the majority of part time female GPs were aged 35-44. Women made up 60% of the patients of part time GPS. Part time GPs were significantly more likely to see patients aged 15-44 and less likely to see older patients. The ten most commonly managed problems were identical for part and full time doctors and there were no significant differences in the number of reasons for encounter at each patient visit.
Discussion: The analysis suggests that while part time GPs deal with similar presentations and manage similar problems to full time GPs in the consulting room, the profile of patient in terms of age and gender are different.
420 Are Part-Time General Practitioners just Fractions of their Full Time Colleagues? An Analysis of the MTS 95 Database