At the coalface and the cutting edge: general practitioners’ accounts of the rewards of engaging with HIV medicine
Newman, Christy E
de Wit, John B F
Reynolds, Robert H
Canavan, Peter G
Kippax, Susan C
Kidd, Michael Richard
BioMed Central Ltd.
The interviews we conducted with GPs suggest that an engagement with HIV medicine enables clinicians to develop strong and long-term relationships with and expertise about the care needs of people living with HIV ‘at the coalface’, while also feeling connected with a broader network of medical practitioners and other professionals concerned with and contributing to the ever-changing world of science: ‘the cutting edge’. The general practice HIV prescriber is being modelled here as the interface between these two worlds, offering a rewarding opportunity for general practitioners to feel intimately connected to both community needs and scientific change.
Public health, General practice, HIV, Australia
Newman, C.E., Persson, A., de Wit, J.B.F., Reynolds, R.H., Canavan, P.G., Kippax, S.C. and Kidd, M.R., 2013. At the coalface and the cutting edge: general practitioners’ accounts of the rewards of engaging with HIV medicine. BMC Family Practice, 14:39.