This report uses results from the 2016 Survey of Health Care to examine patients’ experiences of ‘information continuity’—the sharing of their health information—between general practitioners (GPs) and other health-care providers, such as specialists, hospitals (including emergency departments), and allied health professionals.
It looks at differences across remoteness areas and Australia’s 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas, and the influence of sociodemographic factors, such as a person’s age, and the language they speak at home.
The report is the second in the AIHW’s coordination of health care series. The first report, Coordination of health care: experiences with GP care among patients aged 45 and over 2016, looked at ongoing relationships between patients and their usual GP or place of care. It found that the vast majority (98%) of patients surveyed had either a usual GP or usual place of care.
The 2016 Survey of Health Care focused on Australians aged 45 and over who had seen a GP between November 2014 and November 2015.