Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health



The ageing population has created an imperative for GP training practices to ensure that general practice registrars (GPRs) gain adequate experience in the management of older and chronically ill patients as this group of patients will represent a significant proportion of future GPs‟ caseloads. However, GPRs‟ training may be hampered by these patients‟ preference for personal continuity in their general practice care, and reluctance to consult GPRs. There has been a paucity of research to assist practices in addressing these training challenges. Thus, the aims of this research were to: review the international literature regarding the attitudes of patients towards GPRs; determine important aspects of older patients‟ attitudes to GPRs in Australia; identify factors that influence those attitudes; and provide recommendations that would enhance the engagement of GPRs in the management of older patients in training practices.