Research Article

General practitioner obstetrics in the Northern region in 1983.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: (Published 23 March 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:901
  1. G N Marsh,
  2. H A Cashman,
  3. I T Russell


    In late 1983 a four page questionnaire on general practitioner obstetrics was sent to a 50% random sample of general practitioners in the Northern region of England; 84% responded. Half of them said that they had access to general practitioner facilities for delivery, and half of these used them. A quarter of all respondents had provided intranatal care previously but had given it up, most of them during the late 1970s. Younger general practitioners were more highly qualified in obstetrics than older ones but did not do more intranatal work. Isolated general practitioner maternity units were much more likely to be used than those that were alongside consultant units or integrated with them. Ninety per cent of respondents provided antenatal care, 77% of these at special clinics and 88% with midwives in attendance. Teamwork, however, was not well developed. Increasing general practitioner participation in obstetric care seems feasible but depends heavily on more appropriate training and intranatal facilities being provided for general practitioners in association with specialist units.