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New doctors doubt readiness for acute care

Young doctors perceive themselves to be least well prepared in acute care and prescribing, a study reveals.

The study, which involved an extensive literature review, examined the preparedness in acute care and other Tomorrow’s Doctors outcomes of newly qualified doctors and the perceptions of their colleagues.

Senior colleagues also doubt newly qualified doctors’ ability to deal with acutely ill patients.

Last month, Dr Foster’s Hospital Guide suggests patients requiring emergency care were more at risk at weekends and would benefit from more consultant cover.

This research suggests that the education of juniors is also an issue.

The ability to recognise acutely unwell patients and to instigate generic resuscitation is essential for all newly qualified doctors. However, this research suggests that recent changes in UK undergraduate training, while improving preparedness in some areas, may have neglected acute care.

The authors, from the University of Edinburgh, said the results – published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal – “may be of little surprise” to those involved in either undergraduate or postgraduate medical training.

They added: “While not a good surrogate for actual preparedness, perceived preparedness is important in influencing the behaviour of new graduates and therefore warrants further consideration.”

Read the full paper.

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