General practice activity in Australia 2010-11. General
practice series no.29
Britt H, Miller GC, Charles J, Henderson J, Bayram C, Pan Y, Valenti L, Harrison C, O'Halloran J, Zhang C & Fahridin S
Sydney University Press
The book provides a summary of results from the 13th year of the BEACH program, a continuing national study of general practice activity in Australia.
From April 2010 to March 2011, 958 general practitioners recorded details about 95,800 GP-patient encounters, at which patients presented 149,005 reasons for encounter and 146,141 problems were managed. For an 'average' 100 problems managed, GPs recorded: 69 medications (including 56 prescribed, seven supplied to the patient and six advised for over-the-counter purchase); 11 procedures; 23 clinical treatments (advice and counselling); six referrals to specialists and three to allied health services; orders for 30 pathology tests and six imaging tests.
A subsample study of more than 31,000 patients suggests prevalence of measured risk factors in the attending adult (18 years and over) patient population were: obese - 27%; overweight - 35%; daily smoking - 15%; at-risk alcohol consumption - 25%. One in five people in the attending population had at least two of these risk factors.
A companion publication, A decade of Australian general practice activity 2001-02 to 2010-11 is also available.
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