Access to diagnostics in primary care and the impact on a primary care led health service.
Medical Records Systems, Computerized
Physicians, Primary Care
Primary Health Care
MetadataShow full item record
CitationAccess to diagnostics in primary care and the impact on a primary care led health service. 2015, 108 (2):53-5 Ir Med J
PublisherIrish Medical Journal
JournalIrish medical journal
AbstractWe undertook a postal survey of GPs to establish their current access to radiological and endoscopic tests. More than one fifth of GPs do not have direct access to abdominal (n = 42, 21.4%) or pelvic (n = 49, 24.6%) ultrasound in the public system. Where access is available public patients have an average 14 week waiting period. In stark contrast in the private system virtually all GPs have direct access (n = 159, 99.2% and n = 156, 98.8% respectively for abdominal and pelvic ultrasound) with an average wait of just over four days. Direct access to CT scan in the public system is available to the minority of GPs, e.g. n = 31, 18.4% for chest scan, in the public system; even where available, there is an average 12 week wait for this. In comparison 151 (88.6%) GPs have access to CT chest scanning in the private sector with an average waiting time of 5.4 working days. Such limited access to diagnostics impacts on the delivery of a quality service.
- 2001 survey on primary medical care in Singapore.
- Authors: Emmanuel SC, Phua HP, Cheong PY
- Issue date: 2004 May
- Diagnostic ultrasound: a primary care-led service?
- Authors: Robinson L, Potterton J, Owen P
- Issue date: 1997 May
- Evaluation of an independent, radiographer-led community diagnostic ultrasound service provided to general practitioners.
- Authors: Pallan M, Linnane J, Ramaiah S
- Issue date: 2005 Jun
- Practitioners, patients, and their visits: a description of accident and medical (A&M) clinics in New Zealand, 2001/2.
- Authors: Hider P, Lay-Yee R, Davis P
- Issue date: 2007 May 18
- Primary care mental health consultation-liaison: a connecting system for private psychiatrists and general practitioners.
- Authors: Sved-Williams A, Poulton J
- Issue date: 2010 Apr