Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare vol:5 pages:17-24
Objectives: The care of elderly people is a large part of a general practitioner’s work. The
elderly population means that the medical community must give thought to the
of their care. Within this large field, we focused on the relationship between general
practitioners and hospital geriatricians.
Methods: Focus group discussions were performed to describe the collaboration between
practitioners and hospital geriatricians: four of these focus groups contained only general
practitioners, two groups contained only hospital geriatricians, and one group was made up of
general practitioners and hospital specialists. Participants were invited to speak about bad or good
experiences of intercollaboration. The discussions were recorded, transcribed, and coded.
Results: An important regional disparity was observed: better relationships and easier collaboration
were reported in those regions that benefit from a wider range of geriatric services. In areas
with few geriatric services, doctors knew little of other professionals and reported suspicion and
even conflicts. Positive experiences and communication favor good relationships.
Conclusions: The collaboration between general practitioners and hospital geriatricians should
be enhanced: information, exchanges, and reflection on roles and competencies are essential.
Keywords: geriatrics, general practitioner, collaboration, qualitative research, elderly