Brief report: Trainee provider perceptions of group visits

  • Kimberly S. Davis
  • Kathryn M. Magruder
  • Yan Lin
  • Caroline K. Powell
  • Dawn E. Clancy
Original Articles

DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00350.x

Cite this article as:
Davis, K.S., Magruder, K.M., Lin, Y. et al. J Gen Intern Med (2006) 21: 357. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00350.x


OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of observing group visits on trainees’ perceptions of group visits as a method of health care delivery.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Thirty-two trainees assigned to month-long rotations at an academic Internal Medicine Primary Care Clinic serving underinsured patients were recruited to observe between 1 and 4 group visits. Prior to observation of their first, and subsequent to observation of their last group visit, each trainee completed the Patient-Physician Orientation Scale (PPOS), a validated survey evaluating their tendencies toward being patient-centered or provider-centered. Additionally, they completed a Group Visit Questionnaire (GVQ) evaluating their perceptions of group visits as a method of health care delivery.

RESULTS: Trainee gender, type, and level of training were similarly represented across the study population of trainees. While there were no significant differences noted on pre- and postobservation PPOS scores, the postobservation GVQs scores were significantly improved after observing at least one group visit (P<.0001).

CONCLUSION: Trainees’ perceptions of group visits as a method of health care delivery improved significantly after observation of at least 1 group as measured by the GVQ.

Key words

group visits health care delivery system provider perceptions 

Copyright information

© Society of General Internal Medicine 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberly S. Davis
    • 1
  • Kathryn M. Magruder
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Yan Lin
    • 5
  • Caroline K. Powell
    • 6
  • Dawn E. Clancy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MedicineMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  2. 2.Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical CenterMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  4. 4.Center for Health Care ResearchMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  5. 5.Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and EpidemiologyMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  6. 6.Clinical Instructor Department of MedicineMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  7. 7.McClennan-Banks Ambulatory Care CenterAdult Primary Care Center Administrative ServicesCharleston

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