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Prevalence of GMC performance assessments in the United Kingdom: a retrospective cohort analysis by country of medical qualification

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medical Education, April 2017
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Title
Prevalence of GMC performance assessments in the United Kingdom: a retrospective cohort analysis by country of medical qualification
Published in
BMC Medical Education, April 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12909-017-0903-6
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Authors

L. Mehdizadeh, H. W. W. Potts, A. Sturrock, J. Dacre

Abstract

The demographics of doctors working in the UK are changing. The United Kingdom (UK) has voted to leave the European Union (EU) and there is heightened political discourse around the world about the impact of migration on healthcare services. Previous work suggests that foreign trained doctors perform worse than UK graduates in postgraduate medical examinations. We analysed the prevalence by country of primary medical qualification of doctors who were required to take an assessment by the General Medical Council (GMC) because of performance concerns. This was a retrospective cohort analysis of data routinely collected by the GMC. We compared doctors who had a GMC performance assessment between 1996 and 2013 with the medical register in the same period. The outcome measures were numbers experiencing performance assessments by country or region of medical qualification. The rate of performance assessment varied significantly by place of medical qualification and by year; χ (2)(17) = 188, p < 0.0001, pseudo-R(2) = 15%. Doctors who trained outside of the UK, including those trained in the European Economic Area (EEA), were more likely to have a performance assessment than UK trained doctors, with the exception of South African trained doctors. The rate of performance assessment varies significantly by place of medical qualification. This is the first study to explore the risk of performance assessment by individual places of medical qualification. While concern has largely focused on the competence of non-EEA, International Medical Graduates, we discuss implications for how to ensure European trained doctors are fit to practise before their medical licence in the UK is granted. Further research is needed to investigate whether these country effects hold true when controlling for factors like doctors' sex, age, length of time working in the UK, and English language skills. This will allow evidence-based decisions to be made around the regulatory environment the UK should adopt once it leaves the EU. Patients should be reassured that the vast majority of all doctors working in the UK are competent.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 24 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 6 25%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 17%
Student > Master 3 13%
Student > Bachelor 2 8%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 8%
Other 3 13%
Unknown 4 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 9 38%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 8%
Social Sciences 2 8%
Psychology 2 8%
Philosophy 1 4%
Other 3 13%
Unknown 5 21%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 128. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 28 March 2020.
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