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|Title: ||A Qualitative Study of Young Nigerian Family Physicians’ Views of Their Specialty|
|Authors: ||Yakubu, K.|
|Keywords: ||family practice|
primary health care
|Issue Date: ||2017|
|Publisher: ||South African Family Practice|
|Citation: ||K Yakubu, K Hoedebecke, L Pinho-Costa, O Popoola & I Okoye (2017) A qualitative study of young Nigerian family physicians’ views of their specialty, South African Family Practice, 59:3, 98-102, DOI: 10.1080/20786190.2017.1292694|
|Series/Report no.: ||Vol.59;Iss.3: Pp 98-102|
|Abstract: ||Background: In Nigeria, the specialty of family medicine (FM) has endured its own share of identity crises. This study was aimed at
generating hypotheses about what describes a practising family physician (FP) and the specialty, according to young Nigerian FPs.
Methods: Using the online platform for young African FPs alongside text messages and emails from volunteer research assistants
over an eight-week period (March 3 to April 30, 2015), a purposive sample of young Nigerian FPs were asked to describe their
favourite aspect of FM in a single word/phrase. Responses were provided in English/individual’s mother tongue. Translation of
the words was performed by respondents and additional collaborators fluent in these languages. Thematic analysis using the
grounded theory approach was performed.
Results: Twenty-four responses were received consisting of four themes: Scope, Family, Skills/Feelings/Values, and Professional
Fulfilment. The resulting data portrayed the FP as one who possesses a unique skill-set, enjoys fulfilment in the profession, deals
with undifferentiated diseases and is able to provide holistic care for patients (irrespective of age and gender) from a familycentred
perspective. When compared with accepted domains of FM for Africa and Europe, roles of the FP in community-oriented
care and primary care management were absent.
Conclusion: While this showcases the young Nigerian FPs’ acceptance of their role in providing comprehensive primary care, it
suggests a lesser acceptance of their role in community-oriented primary care as well as primary care management. This study
provides a basis for future, quantitative research describing attitudes and competence in these areas.|
|Appears in Collections:||Family Medicine|
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