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Veranderingen in de loopbanen van huisartsen.

Hassel, D.T.P. van, Velden, L.F.J. van der, Batenburg, R.S. Veranderingen in de loopbanen van huisartsen. Huisarts en Wetenschap: 2016, 59(1), p. 6-8.
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From both a training and a workforce perspective, it is important to know how the careers of general practitioners have evolved over time.

The NIVEL database of GPs registered between 1981 and 2011 was accessed to investigate the work situation of GPs 1, 5, and 10 years after graduation. Seven specific graduation cohorts, reflecting differences in the labour market for GPs over the past 30 years, were selected.

Comparison of the cohorts revealed that since the early 1990s up to 2000 an increasing proportion of the GPs established a practice within 10 years of graduation, accompanied by a decreasing proportion who never/no longer worked as a GP. This occurred in a time when the duration of GP training was extended. Since 2000, GPs have more often chosen to work and to work for longer as a salaried GP, and in recent years there is a new trend that GPs more often work, and work for longer, as a locum.

By looking at cohorts, it is possible to study changes in the GP workforce over time in relation to the labour market. Between 1981 and 2011, there was an increase in the proportion of GPs who worked as a locum or as a salaried GP. For workforce planning, it is important to consider these changes, because they are relevant for working hours and exit rates. (aut. ref.)