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Public Health Nutrition: The Accord of Dietitian Providers in Managing Medicare Chronic Care Outpatients in Australia

Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Churchill, Victoria 3842, Australia
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(4), 1841-1854; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph7041841
Received: 29 March 2010 / Revised: 16 April 2010 / Accepted: 19 April 2010 / Published: 20 April 2010
Medicare Australia: Chronic Disease Management program subsidizes allied health consultations for eligible outpatients with chronic disease or complex needs. In an evaluation study, private practice dietitians (n = 9) were interviewed to explore their patient management strategies including consultation time-allocation and fees. Time allocation was fee-based. Short first consultations were seen as meeting patients’ needs for low-cost services but were regarded by dietitians as ineffective, however longer initial consultations increased cost to patients. No strategy in use was optimal. There is a need for change in Medicare policy to meet the needs of both dietitians and patients in achieving the behaviour change goals of patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: allied health; Australia; dietetics; Medicare; Medicare chronic disease management; primary care allied health; Australia; dietetics; Medicare; Medicare chronic disease management; primary care
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Cant, R.P. Public Health Nutrition: The Accord of Dietitian Providers in Managing Medicare Chronic Care Outpatients in Australia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 1841-1854.

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