Almost half of the Danish general practitioners have negative a priori attitudes towards a mandatory accreditation programme

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Frans Boch Waldorff, Dagny Ros Nicolaisdottir, Marius Brostrøm Kousgaard, Susanne Reventlow, Jens Søndergaard, Thorkil Thorsen, Merethe Kirstine Andersen, Line Bjørnskov Pedersen, Louise Bisgaard, Cecilie Lybeck Hutters, Flemming Bro

INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to analyse Danish general practitioners' (GPs) a priori attitudes and expectations towards a nationwide mandatory accreditation programme.

METHODS: This study is based on a nationwide electronic survey comprising all Danish GPs (n = 3,403).

RESULTS: A total of 1,906 (56%) GPs completed the questionnaire. In all, 861 (45%) had a negative attitude towards accreditation, whereas 429 (21%) were very positive or posi-tive. The negative attitudes towards accreditation were associated with being older, male and with working in a singlehanded practice. A regional difference was observed as well. GPs with negative expectations were more likely to agree that accreditation was a tool meant for external control (odds ratio (OR) = 1.87 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.18-2.95)), less likely to agree that accreditation was a tool for quality improvement (OR = 0.018 (95% CI: 0.013-0.025)), more likely to agree that it would affect job satisfaction negatively (OR = 21.88 (95% CI: 16.10-29.72)), and they were generally less satisfied with their present job situation (OR = 2.51 (95% CI: 1.85-3.41)).

CONCLUSION: Almost half of the GPs had negative attitudes towards accreditation.

FUNDING: The three Research Units for General Practice in Odense, Aarhus and Copenhagen initiated and funded this study.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: The survey was recommended by the Danish Multipractice Committee (MPU 02-2015) and evaluated by the Danish Data Agency (2015-41-3684).

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA5266
JournalDanish Medical Journal
Volume63
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
ISSN2245-1919
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016

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