|Characteristics of group practices and breakups|
|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