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Table 1 Characteristics of GP trainees and training module, GP trainers, and GP trainee satisfaction with GP training module in GP practice, stratified by whether former trainees became GPs by 2016

From: Optional part-time and longer GP training modules in GP practices associated with more trainees becoming GPs – a cohort study in Switzerland

GP trainee and GP training module Overall
n = 381
GPa
n = 218 (57%)
Non-GPa
n = 133 (35%)
p-value
Female, n (%) 233 (66.4) 142 (65.1) 91 (68.4) 0.53
Age, mean (SD) 33.7 (4.1) 34.5 (4.1) 32.4 (3.6) <0.001
Year of graduation from medical school, mean, rounded (SD) 2005 (4) 2003 (4) 2007 (4) <0.001
Time range of training module, n (% per column)     <0.001
 2006–2008 103 (29.3) 81 (37.2) 22 (16.5)  
 2009–2012 135 (38.5) 94 (43.1) 41 (30.8)  
 2013–2015 113 (32.2) 43 (19.7) 70 (52.6)  
Average number of years between graduation and start of GP training (SD) 4.2 (1.9) 4.5 (1.9) 3.8 (1.8) <0.001
Length of training module in months (calculated based on 100%), n (% per column)     0.03
  < 6 months 81 (23.1) 48 (22.0) 33 (24.8)  
 6–9 months 222 (63.3) 132 (60.6) 90 (67.7)  
 9–12 or more months 48 (13.7) 38 (17.4) 10 (7.5)  
GP trainer characteristics
 Female, n (%) 20 (5.9) 12 (5.7) 8 (6.1) 0.90
 Age, mean (SD) 54.7 (7.6) 54.6 (7.6) 54.8 (7.5) 0.83
Office type, n (% per column)     0.60
 Solo practice 151 (46.6) 95 (47.5) 56 (45.2)  
 Dual practice 71 (21.9) 46 (23.0) 25 (20.2)  
 Group practice 102 (31.5) 59 (29.5) 43 (34.7)  
Tertile of populationb near GP office (calculated by zip code) n (% per column)     0.43
  < 4000 inhabitants 118 (34.3) 78 (36.5) 40 (30.8)  
 4000–12,000 inhabitants 114 (33.1) 66 (30.8) 48 (36.9)  
  > 12,000 inhabitants 112 (32.6) 70 (32.7) 42 (32.3)  
GP trainee satisfaction with GP training module in practice
 Overall satisfaction, scalec (SD) 3.7 (0.7) 3.8 (0.6) 3.6 (0.8) 0.035
 Quality of supervision by GP trainer, scored (range 1–42) (SD) 31.0 (7.6) 31.6 (7.6) 30.1 (7.5) 0.093
 Perceived competencies acquired during training, scalec (SD) 2.9 (0.9) 3.2 (0.8) 2.5 (0.8) <0.001
 Quality of teaching by GP trainer, scored (range 1–21) (SD) 18.8 (3.3) 18.9 (3.3) 18.7 (3.4) 0.74
  1. aWe could not asses 30 (7.9%), so the combined groups total 351 instead of 381 individuals
  2. bWe used ZIP codes of GP offices and linked them to 2014 census data to determine population density (source: Bundesamt für Statistik)
  3. cAnswers were rated 1 “not true”, 2 “mostly not true”, 3 “mostly true”, 4 “true”
  4. dWe assessed this with multiple questions. For analysis purposes, we summarized the answers in a single continuous score. The higher the score, the better the evaluation