Swedish GPs rank number 1 in consultation time – 22.5 minutes per patient
It is widely known that one of the biggest frustrations in primary care across the world is that general practitioners have too little time to consult with each patient. Over one-third of all GPs are far from satisfied with the time they have available per patient.
A recent study presented in the medical journal BMJ Open shows that Sweden ranks number 1 in consultation time per patient in primary care. It is the country with the longest consultation time in their study – with an average time of 22.5 minutes per patient. Out of the 67 countries included in the study, there were 18 of them, representing approximately 50 percent of the global population, in which the time spent on each consultation was less than 5 minutes.
The reason why Sweden is found at the top of the list is very much due to the working culture. The consultation techniques used in Swedish primary care are very diplomatic and including compared to other countries, where the doctor-patient relationship might be more authoritative. It is very important to take the time to include the patient in the conversation and to make sure that they feel comfortable to express all their concerns and needs. Essentially, it comes down to involving the patient in the conversation as much as possible.
Are you a general practitioner and feel like you would want to have more time to dedicate to each patient and work in a less stressful environment? Right now we have many available positions for GPs in Sweden. Find out how it is to live and work in Sweden here and read about Agnes’ experience as a GP in Sweden here, and send us your application today!