General practice activity in Australia 2011-12. General
practice series no.31
Britt H, Miller GC, Henderson J, Charles J, Valenti L, Harrison C, Bayram C, Zhang C, Pollack AJ, O'Halloran J, & Pan Y.
Sydney University Press
The book provides a summary of results from the 14th year of the BEACH program, a continuing national study of general practice activity in Australia.
From April 2011 to March 2012, 984 general practitioners recorded details about 98,400 GP-patient encounters, at which patients presented 153,218 reasons for encounter and 152,286 problems were managed. For an 'average' 100 problems managed, GPs recorded: 70 medications (including 57 prescribed, six supplied to the patient and seven advised for over-the-counter purchase); 11 procedures; 24 clinical treatments (advice and counselling); six referrals to specialists and three to allied health services; orders for 31 pathology tests and seven imaging tests.
A subsample study of more than 31,000 patients suggests prevalence of the following measured risk factors in the attending adult (18 years and over) patient population: obesity - 27%; overweight - 35%; daily smoking - 15%; at-risk alcohol consumption - 25%. One in four people in the attending population had at least two of these risk factors.
A companion publication, A decade of Australian general practice activity 2002-03 to 2011-12 is also available.
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