Are Irish adult general practice consultation rates as low as official records suggest? A cross sectional study at six general practices

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/307033
Title:
Are Irish adult general practice consultation rates as low as official records suggest? A cross sectional study at six general practices
Authors:
Behan, B; D Molony, D; Beame, C; Cullen, W
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal (IMJ)
Issue Date:
Dec-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/307033
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Accurate data on primary care activity is key to health services planning and reconfiguration. Official data estimate general practice adult consultation rates to be 3.2 visits annually, based on patient self reports. We aim to estimate the consultation rate using practice based data and compare this to official estimates. We interrogated six general practicesâ information systems and estimated consultation rates based on practice, telephone, domiciliary and out of hours consultations by patients aged 18 years or older. The study population (20,706 patients) was representative of the national population in terms of age and GMS status. The mean consultation rate was 5.17, though this was higher among GMS-eligible patients and among older age groups. Estimates of consultation rates derived from practice based data are likely to be higher than that derived from other approaches. Using multiple sources of data will enhance accuracy of workload estimates and this will benefit service planning.
Keywords:
GENERAL PRACTITIONERS; PATIENT REFERRAL; PRIMARY CARE
Local subject classification:
CONSULTANT

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBehan, Ben_GB
dc.contributor.authorD Molony, Den_GB
dc.contributor.authorBeame, Cen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCullen, Wen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-18T12:15:56Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-18T12:15:56Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/307033-
dc.descriptionAccurate data on primary care activity is key to health services planning and reconfiguration. Official data estimate general practice adult consultation rates to be 3.2 visits annually, based on patient self reports. We aim to estimate the consultation rate using practice based data and compare this to official estimates. We interrogated six general practicesâ information systems and estimated consultation rates based on practice, telephone, domiciliary and out of hours consultations by patients aged 18 years or older. The study population (20,706 patients) was representative of the national population in terms of age and GMS status. The mean consultation rate was 5.17, though this was higher among GMS-eligible patients and among older age groups. Estimates of consultation rates derived from practice based data are likely to be higher than that derived from other approaches. Using multiple sources of data will enhance accuracy of workload estimates and this will benefit service planning.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen_GB
dc.subjectGENERAL PRACTITIONERSen_GB
dc.subjectPATIENT REFERRALen_GB
dc.subjectPRIMARY CAREen_GB
dc.subject.otherCONSULTANTen_GB
dc.titleAre Irish adult general practice consultation rates as low as official records suggest? A cross sectional study at six general practicesen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journal (IMJ)en_GB
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