Table 1

Characteristics of group practices and breakups
Group practice Breakup
Group Number of physicians1,2 Type of contract Area Duration before breakup (yrs) Main reasons Involvement of lawyers
A 3 (A1,A2,A3) SCM Urban 5 Difficulty in welcoming a new partner Breakdown in communication Financial disagreements Yes (Trial)
B 4 (B1,B2,B3,B4,B53) SCP4 Semi-rural 3 Incompatible style and personality Leadership conflict Yes
C 3 (C1,C2,C3) SCP Semi-rural 19 Family problems Altered quality of life Heavy workload Breakdown in communication No
D 3 (D1,D2,D3) SCM Urban 6 Incompatible style Family intrusion Breakdown in communication Difficulty in welcoming a new partner Yes
E 2 (E1,E2) SCM Rural 5 Incompatible style Unsuitable office (loud and dark) Unachieved project of medical home No
F 5 (F1,F2,F3,F4,F5) SCP Rural 2 Incompatible style Feeling of persecution Difficulty in welcoming a new partner Yes
G 7 in 2 surgeries (G1,G2,G3,G4,G5,G6,G7) SCM Urban 2 Incompatible style Difficulty in welcoming a new partner Financial disagreements No
H 2 (H1,H2) SDF Urban 5 Difficulty in welcoming a new partner Incompatible style and personality Breakdown in communication No
I 2 (I1,I2) SDF Urban 20 Distrust Poor management of the practice due to illness No

SCM (Société Civile de Moyens) = non-trading company (sharing of costs). SCP (Société Civile Professionelle) = professional limited liability partnership (sharing of responsibilities, fees and costs). SDF (Société de fait) = non substantifically juridical company (sharing of costs).

1Identifiers in bold characters denote the partners who left first in each group. 2Identifiers in italics denotes the partners who were not interviewed. 3Secretary. 4With distribution of fees based on activity.

Marechal et al.

Marechal et al. BMC Family Practice 2013 14:53   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-14-53

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