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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1980 July; 30(216): 423–427.
PMCID: PMC2159609

Membership and attendance patterns in Tavistock Clinic general practitioner seminars


Patterns of recruitment and attendance (1951-79) of general practitioners at seminars at the Tavistock Clinic are analysed. Latterly about 40 general practitioners have attended each week; a turnover of about 15 join or leave each year; about 60 per cent stay at least two years and 40 per cent stay over three years. Half come from outside London. The ratio of men and women reflects the prevailing ratio in the profession. Most join five to 10 years after qualifying and younger general practitioners tend to leave early. At least seven per cent of recent members have left general practice; but the proportion involved in training, course organizing and the Royal College of General Practitioners is far above the average for all general practitioners.

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