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G-I-N Conference 2012

Guidelines International Network

22.08 - 25.08.2012, Berlin

Attitudes of Spanish Family and Community Medicine doctors in training towards the use of Clinical Practice guidelines

Meeting Abstract

  • C. Boix Gras - Primary care Head Office, Albacete, Spain
  • J. López-Torres Hidalgo - Primary care Head Office, Albacete, Spain
  • J. Martín Oliver - Primary care Head Office, Albacete, Spain
  • J. M. Tellez Lapeira - Primary care Head Office, Albacete, Spain
  • F. Andrés Pretel - Primary care Head Office, Albacete, Spain
  • I. Parraga Martínez - Primary care Head Office, Albacete, Spain

Guidelines International Network. G-I-N Conference 2012. Berlin, 22.-25.08.2012. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2012. DocP186

DOI: 10.3205/12gin298, URN: urn:nbn:de:0183-12gin2982

Published: July 10, 2012

© 2012 Boix Gras et al.
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Background: The Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) contribute to the implementation of the clinical reasoning principles and facilitate a correct management of health problems.

Objectives: To know the attitudes of Family and Community Medicine doctors in training (DIT) towards the CPG, their degree of use of these guidelines and the Web pages they visit the most.

Methods: Using an on-line questionnaire we assessed attitudes of DIT, as well as their opinion on different aspects of the CPG such as: utility, education level, use and location.

Results: Of a total of 64 residents, 49 answered (76,6%). Only 44,9% reported frequent use of CPG, although in a 1–10 range, utility of such instruments for the family physician was rated with a mean score of 8.6 (SD: 0.9) and of 7.1 (SD: 1.7) for patients. The knowledge level about CPG was considered acceptable by 61.2% of the DIT (8.2% very good). We observed a linear trend (p=0.01) between frequent use and training years, from 26.7% in first year to 77.8% in the fourth. The most visited Web pages were ‘GuíaSalud’ (81.6%) and NICE (38.8%).

Discussion: Even though most of the Family Medicine DIT do not frequently use CPG, they consider CPG useful instruments for both, doctor and the patient. Most of DIT have attended a training activity about the use of CPG and its use increases in the latest years of training.Implications for guideline developers/users. The person in charge of training must help DIT to increase their use of CPG in the clinical settings.