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Access to after-hours care (AHC) is an important aspect of general practice service provision. To establish the prevalence and associations of early-career GPs' provision of AHC. An analysis of data from the New alumni Experiences of Training and independent Unsupervised Practice (NEXT-UP) cross-sectional questionnaire-based study. Participants were early-career GPs (6-month to 2-year post-Fellowship) following the completion of GP vocational training in NSW, the ACT, Victoria or Tasmania. The outcome factor was 'current provision of after-hours care'. Associations of the outcome were established using multivariable logistic regression. Three hundred and fifty-four early-career GPs participated (response rate 28%). Of these, 322 had responses available for analysis of currently performing AHC. Of these observations, 128 (40%) reported current provision of AHC (55% of rural participants and 32% of urban participants). On multivariable analysis, participants who provided any AHC during training were more likely to be providing AHC (odds ratio (OR) 5.51, [95% confidence interval (CI) 2.80-10.80], p < 0.001). Current rural location and in-training rural experience were strongly associated with currently providing AHC in univariable but not multivariable analysis. Early-career GPs who provided AHC during training, compared with those who did not, were more than five times more likely to provide after-hours care in their first 2 years after gaining Fellowship, suggesting participation in AHC during training may have a role in preparing registrars to provide AHC as independent practitioners. These findings may inform future GP vocational training policy and practice concerning registrars' provision of AHC during training. © 2023 The Authors. Australian Journal of Rural Health published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of National Rural Health Alliance Ltd.


Allison Turnock, Alison Fielding, Dominica Moad, Amanda Tapley, Andrew Davey, Elizabeth Holliday, Jean Ball, Michael Bentley, Kristen FitzGerald, Catherine Kirby, Neil Spike, Mieke L van Driel, Parker Magin. The prevalence and associations of Australian early-career general practitioners' provision of after-hours care. The Australian journal of rural health. 2023 Oct;31(5):906-913

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