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Malpractice litigation, workload, and general practitioner retirement

  • Søren Birkeland (a1) and Søren Bie Bogh (a1)

Abstract

We investigated the association between general practitioner (GP) stress factors, including involvement in malpractice litigation or high workload levels during 2007 and ensuing retirement in a sample of Danish GPs. The case file and register information of 739 GPs were examined. Hazard ratios (HRs) were estimated for all causes of retirement from 2007 to 2016. During the study period, 34% of GPs had ceased to practice (n = 260). The HR for retirement was higher with increasing age (HR = 1.19 per year) and lower if practicing in a clinic with a greater number of GPs (HR = 0.47) but no statistically significant association was found between retirement and litigation or higher workload. Knowledge on factors influencing GPs’ decision on whether to continue working is important to ensure sustainable primary care provision.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Author for correspondence: Søren Birkeland, LLM PhD, Centre for Quality and Department of Regional Health Research, University of Southern Denmark, P.V. Tuxensvej 3-5, 1st, 5500 Middelfart, Denmark. E-mail: Soren.Birkeland@rsyd.dk

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Malpractice litigation, workload, and general practitioner retirement

  • Søren Birkeland (a1) and Søren Bie Bogh (a1)

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