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released: 19 Feb 2003 author: Bayram C, Britt H, Kelly Z & Valenti L media release

'Male consultations in general practice in Australia 1999-00' is a secondary analysis of data from the second year of the BEACH (Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health) program, April 1999-March 2000. Based on 44,308 encounters with male patients and 59,366 encounters with female patients, it reports the characteristics of male patients who attended GPs in Australia, and the characteristics of these encounters. Comparisons are made between the encounters of male patients and female patients. The report also examines the age-related pattern of commonly managed problems and changes in management rates of specific illnesses across age groups at male patient encounters. Subsamples of encounters with male patients provide data on the management of work-related problems at GP encounters, and male patient body weight to height ratio, smoking status and alcohol use.

ISSN 1442 3022; ISBN 978 1 74024 239 4; Cat. no. GEP 11; 112pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (121K PDF)
    • Half title page and verso
    • Title page and verso
    • Foreword
    • Contents
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Summary
    • Acknowledgments
  • Sections
    1. Introduction (57K PDF)
      1. Aims
    2. Methods (114K PDF)
      1. The BEACH program
      2. Statistical methods
      3. The study of sex-specific encounters
    3. The general practitioners (86K PDF)
      1. Results of recruitment
      2. GP characteristics
      3. Comparison between participating and non-participating GP's
    4. The encounters (116K PDF)
      1. Distribution of services by patient sex
      2. Summary of morbidity and management by patient sex
    5. The patients (143K PDF)
      1. Patient characteristics by patient sex
      2. Proportion of Australian population attending GP's.
      3. Patient reasons for encounter by patient sex
    6. Problems managed (242K PDF)
      1. Number of problems managed at encounter by patient sex
      2. Problems managed by ICPC-2 chapter and patient sex
      3. Most frequent problems managed by patient sex
      4. Multiple logistic regression analyses
    7. Medications (128K PDF)
      1. Rates of medications prescribed (in groups and subgroups) by patient sex
      2. Most frequently prescribed generic medications by patient sex
    8. Other (non-pharmacological) treatments (114K PDF)
      1. Clinical treatments by patient sex
      2. Procedural treatments by patient sex
    9. Referrals to specialists and allied health professionals (107K PDF)
    10. Investigations (124K PDF)
      1. Pathology ordering by patient sex
      2. Imaging orders by patient sex
    11. Morbidity managed in specific male age groups (137K PDF)
      1. Male patients aged 15-24 years
      2. Male patients aged 25-34 years
      3. Male patients aged 35-44 years
      4. Male patients aged 45-54 years
      5. Male patients aged 55-64 years
      6. Male patients aged 65-74 years
      7. Male patients aged 75+ years
      8. Overview of problems managed across age groups
    12. Patient wellbeing and risk factors (126K PDF)
      1. Patient-assessed wellbeing by patient sex
      2. Patient body mass by patient sex
      3. Patient smoking status by patient sex
      4. Patient-reported alcohol consumption by patient sex
    13. Work-related problems managed at male encounters (118K PDF)
      1. Characteristics of male patients with work-related problems managed
      2. Most common work-related problems managed for male patients
    14. Discussion (75K PDF)
      1. Methodological issues
    15. Conclusion (32K PDF)
  • End matter (291K PDF)
    • Reference list
    • Glossary
    • Abbreviations
    • Appendixes
      1. Example of a recording form
      2. GP characteristics questionnaire
      3. Reasons for encounter and problems managed - code groups from ICPC-2 and ICPC-2 PLUS
      4. Clinical treatment - code groups from ICPC-2 PLUS
      5. Procedural treatment code groups from ICPC-2 PLUS

Recommended citation

Bayram C, Britt H, Kelly Z & Valenti L 2003. Male consultations in general practice in Australia 1999-00. General Practice series no. 11. Cat. no. GEP 11. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 20 February 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467434>.

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