Tinkering supervision, patient safety and quality of care in general practice and elderly care medicine residency training (WC2014-082)


Starting date: 01/05/2015

A central principle of residency training is that residents gradually take on more autonomy and responsibility in the care for patients. In this process, patient safety may be jeopardized, because residents are by definition not fully competent and may be more prone to make mistakes. To ensure both the development of residents and patient safety, supervisors and residents need to balance autonomy and supervision.

In the past years there has been a growing attention to either the risks of a lack of supervision on patient safety or the risks of a surplus of supervision on educational outcomes, but there is a paucity of evidence regarding the balance of these interests. Moreover, the majority of studies regarding supervision and patient safety have been conducted in the hospital setting; little is known about this topic in General Practice and Elderly Care Medicine.