Medical engagement and organizational characteristics in general practice

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BACKGROUND: Medical engagement is a mutual concept of the active and positive contribution of doctors to maintaining and enhancing the performance of their health care organization, which itself recognizes this commitment in supporting and encouraging high quality care. A Medical Engagement Scale (MES) was developed by Applied Research Ltd (2008) on the basis of emerging evidence that medical engagement is critical for implementing radical improvements.

OBJECTIVES: To study the importance of medical engagement in general practice and to analyse patterns of association with individual and organizational characteristics.

DESIGN AND SETTING: A cross-sectional study using a sampled survey questionnaire and the official register from the Danish General Practitioners' Organization comprising all registered Danish GPs.

METHOD: The Danish version of the MES Questionnaire was distributed and the survey results were analysed in conjunction with the GP register data.

RESULTS: Statistically adjusted analyses revealed that the GPs' medical engagement varied substantially. GPs working in collaboration with colleagues were more engaged than GPs from single-handed practices, older GPs were less engaged than younger GPs and female GPs had higher medical engagement than their male colleagues. Furthermore, GPs participating in vocational training of junior doctors were more engaged than GPs not participating in vocational training.

CONCLUSION: Medical engagement in general practice varies a great deal and this is determined by a complex interaction between both individual and organizational characteristics. Working in collaboration, having staff and being engaged in vocational training of junior doctors are all associated with enhanced levels of medical engagement among GPs.


  • Peder Ahnfeldt-Mollerup
  • René dePont Christensen
  • Anders Halling
  • Troels Kristensen
  • Jesper Lykkegaard
  • Jørgen Nexøe
  • Fred Barwell
  • Peter Spurgeon
  • Jens Søndergaard
Externa organisationer
  • University of Southern Denmark

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Hälso- och sjukvårdsorganisation, hälsopolitik och hälsoekonomi


Sidor (från-till)69-74
Antal sidor6
TidskriftFamily Practice
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 2016 feb
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa

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