Table 2

Impression themes and categories

Theme definitionCategories
Importance of FMSs
  • Presence of an FMS was perceived to be important to the existing healthcare system, medical service, running of clinic or to the community

  • Important at health clinic

  • Essential for patient care

  • Essential for primary care/community health

Roles of FMSs
  • Functions or contributions that an FMS was playing or could make

  • Educator to other primary care professionals

  • Clinical resource person

  • Involvement in public health

  • Involvement/non-involvement in community activities

Clinical performance of FMSs
  • Perceived quality of, or achievement in, clinical work

  • Better/not better than a medical officer

  • Often being away/not being around at health clinics

  • Not seeing many patients

  • Effective

  • Satisfactory/good

  • Appropriate/inappropriate practice

Attributes of FMSs
  • Personal characteristics of an FMS involving work or interpersonal relationships

  • Admirable/undesirable personality, eg, approachable, professional, polite, committed, disciplined, hard-working, well-adjusted at the health clinic

  • Communicates well/poorly

  • Knowledgeable/not knowledgeable/research/publication

  • Good/poor team work/team member

  • Cares/not cares for staff/subordinates

FMS practice challenges
  • Perceived difficulties and challenges an FMS might be facing in professional practice

  • Heavy work load

  • Heavy management work

  • Inadequate number of FMSs

  • Inadequate autonomy given to FMSs

Misconception of FMS roles
  • Uncertainty of roles, or aspired to roles, for an FMS that were inappropriate to an FMS's professional training or official duty

  • FMSs’ unknown roles and responsibilities

  • FMS, family medicine specialist.