Distribution of GPs in Scotland by age, gender and deprivation

Blane, D.N. , McLean, G. and Watt, G. (2015) Distribution of GPs in Scotland by age, gender and deprivation. Scottish Medical Journal, 60(4), pp. 214-219. (doi:10.1177/0036933015606592) (PMID:26403569)

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Abstract

General practice in the UK is widely reported to be in crisis, with particular concerns about recruitment and retention of family doctors. This study assessed the distribution of GPs in Scotland by age, gender and deprivation, using routinely available data. We found that there are more GPs (and fewer patients per GP) in the least deprived deciles than there are in the most deprived deciles. Furthermore, there are a higher proportion of older GPs in the most deprived deciles. There are also important gender differences in the distribution of GPs. We discuss the implications of these findings for policymakers and practitioners.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Blane, Dr David and Watt, Professor Graham and McLean, Dr Gary
Authors: Blane, D.N., McLean, G., and Watt, G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Scottish Medical Journal
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:0036-9330
ISSN (Online):2045-6441
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 SAGE Publications
First Published:First published in Scottish Medical Journal 60(4):214-219
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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