General practice activity in Australia 2013-14. General
practice series no.36
Britt H, Miller GC, Henderson J, Bayram C, Valenti L, Harrison C, Charles J, Pan Y, Wong C, Pollack AJ
Sydney University Press
This book provides a summary of results from the 16th year of the BEACH program, a continuous national study of general practice activity in Australia.
From April 2013 to March 2014, 959 general practitioners recorded details of 95,900 GP?patient encounters, at which patients presented 148,880 reasons for encounter and 151,675 problems were managed. For an 'average' 100 problems managed, GPs recorded: 65 medications (including 53 prescribed, seven supplied to the patient and six advised for over-the-counter purchase); 12 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 measured risk factors in the adult (18 years and over) population who attended general practice at least once in 2013?14 were: obesity?27%; overweight?35%; daily smoking?17%; at-risk alcohol consumption?26%. 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 2004-05 to 2013-14 is also available.
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