Table 5

Domain 3: professionalism towards society (comparison of responses between both groups were both groups score=4 on 4-point Likert scale)

QuestionGPs aged 34 and under
(n=55)
n (%)
GPs aged 55 and over (n=51)
n (%)
Difference % (95% CI)P value
Bears the consequences of own actions44 (81.5)49 (96.1)14.6 (2.3 to 27.2)0.02
Is able to justify deviations from rules and guidelines40 (72.7)37 (72.6)0.1 (−16.5 to 16.9)0.99
Keeps promises and agreements39 (70.9)41 (82.0)11.1 (−5.3 to 26.5)0.18
Does not hide behind others (give others blame or responsibility)43 (78.2)49 (96.1)17.9 (5.1 to 30.8)0.006
Is aware of how own norms regarding disease influence disease management28 (50.9)29 (59.2)8.3 (−10.6 to 26.3)0.40
Is aware of the meaning and relative value of scientific evidence in decision making34 (61.8)28 (56.0)5.8 (−12.6 to 23.8)0.55
In decision making, weighs scientific evidence against factors related to the patient or circumstances30 (54.6)25 (49.0)5.6 (−13.0 to 23.7)0.57
Is able to justify choices made on the basis of scientific evidence21 (38.2)16 (31.4)6.8 (−11.2 to 24.0)0.47
Is able to explain own norms and values regarding the application of scientific evidence22 (40.0)20 (39.2)0.8 (−17.3 to 18.8)0.93
Is able to signal suboptimal care within the practice12 (22.2)24 (47.1)24.9 (6.7 to 41.1)0.007
Is able to work out quality improvement projects21 (38.2)23 (45.1)6.9 (−11.5 to 24.8)0.47
Is able to estimate which problems are suitable for a quality improvement project17 (30.9)17 (34)3.1 (−14.4 to 20.6)0.74
Is able to name tasks to be, or that would like to be, delegated to an assistant12 (21.8)22 (43.1)21.3 (3.5 to 37.5)0.02
Has perceptions about how form can be given to means of contact14 (25.9)22 (44)18.1 (−0.1 to 34.9)0.05
Is able to justify indications for making home visits23 (41.8)38 (74.5)32.7 (13.9 to 48.3)0.001
  • GP, general practitioner.