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 per cent; overweight-35 per cent; daily smoking-17 per cent; at-risk alcohol consumption-26 per cent. 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.
Graeme Miller is an associate professor and Medical Director of the Family Medicine Research Centre at the University of Sydney.
Helena Britt is a professor of primary care research at the University of Sydney.
Joan Henderson is the Deputy Director of the Family Medicine Research Centre at the University of Sydney.
List of tables
List of figures
3. The sample
4. The participating GPs
5. The encounters
6. The patients
7. Problems managed
8. Overview of management
10. Other treatments
11. Referrals and admissions
13. Patient risk factors
Size: 297 × 210 mm
31 b&w illustrations and 62 b&w tables
Copyright: © 2014
Publication: 01 Nov 2014
Series: General Practice Series