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Revalidation peer feedback could cause ‘resentment’, researchers warn

GP scepticism over the value of peer feedback could scupper GMC plans for enhanced appraisal in revalidation, researchers have warned.

The study by postgraduate GP educators in Scotland, published in BMA Medical Education last month, casts doubt on whether GPs will engage with a key part of the multi-source feedback planned for revalidation.

GMC guidance last week revealed that GPs would require feedback from 34 patients and at least 15 colleagues, with questionnaires rating them on areas such as record keeping and whether they are honest and trustworthy.

But an in-depth qualitative analysis of interviews with 13 GPs in the west of Scotland found considerable confusion and ‘underlying resentment' over the way they were expected to collect feedback.

Study leader Dr Esther Curnock, former GP research fellow at NHS Education for Scotland, said the study had identified ‘important barriers' blocking the implementation of revalidation.