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Published online 2012 March 23. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-12-15

Table 1

Study inclusion criteria, variables and rationale

Inclusion criterionVariableRationale for inclusion
GenderFemale or maleThe GP workplace is often and conveniently sub-divided into common groupings because these may contain individuals with differing perspectives. The study attempted to reflect this in part by ensuring that the viewpoints of individual GPs from each of the 3 different groups were adequately represented.

Postgraduate training practice statusTraining or non-training status

Type of GP position heldGP principal*

Sessional doctor+

Other (e.g. Salaried GP)$

* A registered, vocationally-trained medical practitioner who is contracted by a local health authority to take unsupervised responsibility for patient care (personal and general medical services)

+A fully qualified general practitioner who works sessions (half or full day) rather than having a contract with a local health authority

$ A fully qualified general practitioner who works on an employed basis with a practice that is contracted with a local health authority or out-of-hours service