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released: 30 Jan 2008 author: Britt H, Miller GC, Charles J, Bayram C, Pan Y, Henderson J, Valenti L, O'Halloran J, Harrison C & Fahridin S media release

This publication is the 21st in the General Practice Series produced by the Australian General Practice Statistics and Classification Centre, a Collaborating Unit of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the University of Sydney. It reports the results of the ninth year of the BEACH program, April 2006 to March 2007. Data reported by 930 general practitioners on 93,000 GP-patient encounters are used to describe aspects of general practice in Australia: the general practitioners and their patients; the problems managed and the treatments provided. Changes that have occurred over the last nine years of the BEACH study, from 1998-99 to 2006-07 are investigated. In addition, changes in the management of type 2 diabetes and depression from 1998-99 to 2006-07 are considered in light of changes in policy The contribution of practice nurses to the GP-patient encounters in terms of their clinical activities, the problems they assist with and the Medicare items claimed are described in this report. Information on body weight to height ratio, smoking status and alcohol use for a subsample of patients is provided. Abstracts and research tools used in other BEACH substudies from 2006-07 are also included.

ISSN 1442-3022; ISBN 978 1 74024 752 8; Cat. no. GEP 21; 254pp.; Internet only

Publication

Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (211KB PDF)
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Foreword
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Contents
    • Executive summary
  • Sections
    1. Overview (155KB PDF)
      1. Background
      2. The BEACH program
      3. Future options for national representative data collection from general practice
    2. Methods (216KB PDF)
      1. Sampling methods
      2. Recruitment methods
      3. Data elements
      4. Changes to data elements and reporting methods
      5. Supplementary Analysis of Nominated Data
      6. The BEACH relational database
      7. Statistical methods
      8. Classification of data
      9. Quality assurance
      10. Methodological issues
      11. Other BEACH applications
    3. The sample (178KB PDF)
      1. Annual results, 2006-07
      2. The total data set, 1998-2007
    4. The participating GPs (199KB PDF)
      1. Annual results, 2006-07
      2. Changes over time, 1998-99 to 2006-07
    5. The encounters (207KB PDF)
      1. Annual results, 2006-07
      2. Changes over time, 1998-99 to 2006-07
    6. The patients (229KB PDF)
      1. Annual results, 2006-07
      2. Changes over time, 1998-99 to 2006-07
    7. Problems managed (255KB PDF)
      1. Annual results, 2006-07
      2. Changes over time, 1998-99 to 2006-07
    8. Overview of management (200KB PDF)
      1. Annual results, 2006-07
      2. Changes over time, 1998-99 to 2006-07
    9. Medications (308KB PDF)
      1. Annual results, 2006-07
      2. Changes over time, 1998-99 to 2006-07
    10. Other treatments (224KB PDF)
      1. Annual results, 2006-07
      2. Changes over time, 1998-99 to 2006-07
    11. Referrals and admissions (210KB PDF)
      1. Annual results, 2006-07
      2. Changes over time, 1998-99 to 2006-07
    12. Investigations (207KB PDF)
      1. Annual results, 2006-07
      2. Changes over time, 1998-99 to 2006-07
    13. Practice nurse activity (186KB PDF)
      1. Annual results, 2006-07
      2. Changes over time
    14. Changes in policy and practice: type 2 diabetes and depression (195KB PDF)
      1. Background
      2. Type 2 diabetes
      3. Mental health
      4. Discussion
    15. Patient risk factors (221KB PDF)
      1. Annual results, 2006-07
      2. Changes over time, 1998-99 to 2006-07
    16. SAND abstracts and research tools (873KB PDF)
      • SAND abstract 105: Measurement of severity of illness in general practice
      • SAND abstract 106: Weight loss attempts and methods
      • SAND abstract 107: Type 2 diabetes and dyslipidaemia
      • SAND abstract 108: Type 2 diabetes among patients attending general practice
      • SAND abstract 109: Secondary prevention of heart attack and stroke
      • SAND abstract 110: Erectile dysfunction
  • End matter
    • Reference list (108KB PDF)
    • Glossary (154KB PDF)
    • Appendices (236KB PDF) 1
      1. Example of a 2006-07 recording form
      2. GP characteristics questionnaire, 2006-07
      3. Appendices 3-5 (137KB PDF) 1
      4. Dissemination of results from the BEACH program
      5. Code groups from ICPC-2 and ICPC-2 PLUS
      6. Chronic code groups from ICPC-2 and ICPC-2 PLUS
    • List of tables (115KB PDF)
    • List of figures (98KB PDF)

Notes and corrections

The current version of the publication is presented above. Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1.  (30 January 2008) Appendices 3-5 were not available as part of the printed copy.

Recommended citation

Britt H, Miller GC, Charles J, Bayram C, Pan Y, Henderson J, Valenti L, O'Halloran J, Harrison C & Fahridin S 2008. General practice activity in Australia 2006-07. Cat. no. GEP 21. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 28 July 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468067>.

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