Thursday, 24 November 2011

General practice activity in Australia 2010-11 and A decade of Australian general practice activity 2001-02 to 2010-11.


General practice activity in Australia 2010-11. General practice series no.29

This report 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 decade of Australian general practice activity 2001-02 to 2010-11. General practice series no. 30

This report highlights changes in general practice activity in Australia over the most recent decade (April 2001 to March 2011) of the BEACH program, a national cross-sectional study of general practice activity. Over this time 9801 participating GPs provided details of 981,000 GP-patient encounters. The report highlights changes that have occurred in the characteristics of general practitioners and the patients they see, the problems managed, and the treatments provided. Changes in prevalence of overweight and obesity, smoking status and alcohol use, are also described for subsamples of more than 30,000 adults and 3,000 children each year.

Previous years' reports are available from the AIHW website.

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