General practice activity in Australia 2008-09

Public health Medicine Economics Australia

This report presents results from the eleventh year of the BEACH program, a national study of general practice activity.

From April 2008 to March 2009, 1,011 general practitioners recorded data about 101,100 GP-patient encounters involving the management of 149,462 problems. For an 'average' 100 encounters, GPs recorded 106 medications, 34 clinical treatments, 17 procedures, 9 referrals to specialists and 4 to allied health services, and ordered 46 pathology and 10 imaging tests.

Authors: Britt H, Bayram C, Charles J, Fahridin S, Harrison C, Henderson J, Miller GC, O'Halloran J, Pan Y & Valenti L.

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