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Research Article

How to choose a new partner in general practice.

British Medical Journal 1990; 301 doi: (Published 01 December 1990) Cite this as: British Medical Journal 1990;301:1258
  1. J King,
  2. M Whitfield
  1. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, University of Bristol.


    OBJECTIVE--To provide a guide to choosing a new partner in general practice by using psychometric assessments. DESIGN--A descriptive account of the experience of one practice. SETTING--A general practice in Bristol. RESULTS--The partners found that using a psychologist to assess both themselves and the candidates facilitated the selection process. During the pre-interview stage the partners learnt about the dynamics of the practice and their own personalities. The examination of the candidates by an outside assessor as well as the partners gave a sense of security and a certainty that mistakes were unlikely to be made. CONCLUSION--More practices should consider adopting a selection process using psychometric assessments when appointing a new partner.