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Research Article

Peer review of consultations in primary care: the use of audiovisual recordings.

Br Med J 1979; 1 doi: (Published 23 June 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;1:1686
  1. J E Verby,
  2. P Holden,
  3. R H Davis


    A rating scale was designed to measure performance in interviewing techniques in primary care. Peer review of audiovisual recordings of their consultations showed that a group of experienced general practitioners achieved significantly higher scores on the rating scale compared with a group of similarly experienced general practitioners who did not observe their recordings. The higher scores were obtained at the expense of longer consultations. The traditional five-minute appointment system in general practice needs to be reconsidered if an improved interviewing technique results in a more favourable outcome.