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General Practice Statistics in Australia: Pushing a Round Peg into a Square Hole

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WHO Collaborating Centre for Strengthening Rehabilitation Capacity in Health Systems, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3053, Australia
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Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Economics, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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Academic Editors: Richard Madden and Pentti Nieminen
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(4), 1912; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19041912
Received: 15 December 2021 / Revised: 1 February 2022 / Accepted: 2 February 2022 / Published: 9 February 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Statistics: The Australian Experience and Opportunities)
In Australia, general practice forms a core part of the health system, with general practitioners (GPs) having a gatekeeper role for patients to receive care from other health services. GPs manage the care of patients across their lifespan and have roles in preventive health care, chronic condition management, multimorbidity and population health. Most people in Australia see a GP once in any given year. Draft reforms have been released by the Australian Government that may change the model of general practice currently implemented in Australia. In order to quantify the impact and effectiveness of any implemented reforms in the future, reliable and valid data about general practice clinical activity over time, will be needed. In this context, this commentary outlines the historical and current approaches used to obtain general practice statistics in Australia and highlights the benefits and limitations of these approaches. The role of data generated from GP electronic health record extractions is discussed. A methodology to generate high quality statistics from Australian general practice in the future is presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: general practice; health services research; primary health care general practice; health services research; primary health care
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Gordon, J.; Britt, H.; Miller, G.C.; Henderson, J.; Scott, A.; Harrison, C. General Practice Statistics in Australia: Pushing a Round Peg into a Square Hole. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 1912. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19041912

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Gordon J, Britt H, Miller GC, Henderson J, Scott A, Harrison C. General Practice Statistics in Australia: Pushing a Round Peg into a Square Hole. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(4):1912. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19041912

Chicago/Turabian Style

Gordon, Julie, Helena Britt, Graeme C. Miller, Joan Henderson, Anthony Scott, and Christopher Harrison. 2022. "General Practice Statistics in Australia: Pushing a Round Peg into a Square Hole" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 4: 1912. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19041912

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