No common understanding of profession terms utilized in health services research : An add-on qualitative study in the context of the QUALICOPC project in Austria.

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Serval ID
serval:BIB_519023FB3D4C
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
No common understanding of profession terms utilized in health services research : An add-on qualitative study in the context of the QUALICOPC project in Austria.
Journal
Wiener klinische Wochenschrift
Author(s)
Hoffmann K., Wojczewski S., Aarendonk D., Maier M., Dorner T.E., de Maeseneer J.
ISSN
1613-7671 (Online)
ISSN-L
0043-5325
Publication state
Published
Issued date
01/2017
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
129
Number
1-2
Pages
52-58
Language
english
Abstract
Health services research, especially in primary care, is challenging because the systems differ widely between countries. This study aimed to explore the different understanding of the terminology used, particularly, regarding the professions nursing and medical secretaries.
The study was an add-on study to the Quality and Costs in Primary Care (QUALICOPC) project in Austria and designed as qualitative research. The qualitative phase was conducted by using semi-structured telephone interviews with general practitioners (GP). and17 GPs participated in the study.
No uniform meaning of the terms commonly utilized for the abovementioned health professions could be found among Austrian GPs. For example, under the profession term practice assistants, nurses as well as literal medical secretaries with and without special education and related work competencies and responsibilities were subsumed.
Our study results show that no uniform meaning of the terms commonly utilized for above described health profession could be found even within one country by GPs. These findings are highly relevant, especially, when trying to compare results with similar data from other countries or negotiating about workforce issues. Our findings implicate several action points for health services research and health policy. We propose the development of a harmonized terminology in Europe for the health profession based on standards of undergraduate and postgraduate education, competencies and continuous education commitments. This would not only benefit comparative health system research but also patient safety across Europe.

Keywords
Austria, Clinical Competence/statistics & numerical data, Comprehension, General Practitioners/statistics & numerical data, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Literacy/statistics & numerical data, Health Services Research/classification, Surveys and Questionnaires, Terminology as Topic, Health professions, Health services research, Primary health care, Terminology
Pubmed
Web of science
Open Access
Yes
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02/03/2018 17:08
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08/05/2019 18:35
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