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released: 8 Dec 2010 author: Britt H, Miller GC, Charles J, Henderson J, Bayram C, Pan Y, Valenti L, Harrison C, O'Halloran J, Fahridin S media release

This report presents results from the twelfth year of BEACH program, a national study of general practice activity. From April 2009 to March 2010, 988 general practitioners recorded data about 98,800 GP-patient encounters involving the management of 155,373 problems. For an 'average' 100 encounters, GPs recorded 107 medications, 35 clinical treatments, 18 procedures, 9 referrals to specialists and 4 to allied health services, and ordered 45 pathology and 10 imaging tests.

ISSN 1442-3022; ISBN 978-1-74249-079-3; Cat. no. GEP 27; 216pp.; $28.00

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Foreword
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary   
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      • 1.1 Background
      • 1.2 The BEACH program
      • 1.3 Issues when using BEACH data with other national data
      • 1.4 Access to BEACH data
    2. Methods
      • 2.1 Sampling methods
      • 2.2 Recruitment methods
      • 2.3 Data elements
      • 2.4 The BEACH relational database
      • 2.5 Supplementary Analysis of Nominated Data
      • 2.6 Statistical methods
      • 2.7 Classification of data
      • 2.8 Quality assurance
      • 2.9 Validity and reliability
      • 2.10 Extrapolated national estimates
    3. The sample
      • 3.1 Response rate
      • 3.2 Representativeness of the GP sample
      • 3.3 Weighting the data
      • 3.4 Representativeness of the final encounter sample
      • 3.5 The weighted data set
    4. The participating GPs
      • 4.1 Characteristics of the GP participants
      • 4.2 Computer use at GP practices
      • 4.3 Changes in characteristics of the GPs over the decade 2000–01 to 2009–10
    5. The encounters
      • 5.1 Content of the encounters
      • 5.2 Encounter type
      • 5.3 Consultation length
      • 5.4 Changes in the encounters over the decade 2000–01 to 2009–10
    6. The patients
      • 6.1 Age–sex distribution of patients at encounter
      • 6.2 Other patient characteristics
      • 6.3 Patient reasons for encounter
      • 6.4 Changes in patients and reasons for encounter over the past decade (2000–01 to 2009–10)
    7. Problems managed
      • 7.1 Number of problems managed at encounter
      • 7.2 Problems managed by ICPC-2 chapter
      • 7.3 Problems managed by ICPC-2 component
      • 7.4 Most frequently managed problems
      • 7.5 Most common new problems
      • 7.6 Most frequently managed chronic problems
      • 7.7 Work-related problems managed
      • 7.8 Management of back problems in 2009–10
      • 7.9 Changes in problems managed over the decade 2000–01 to 2009–10
    8. Overview of management
      • 8.1 Changes in management over the decade2000–01 to 2009–10
    9. Medications
      • 9.1 Source of medications
      • 9.2 Prescribed medications
      • 9.3 Medications supplied by GPs
      • 9.4 Medications advised for over-the-counter purchase
      • 9.5 Antibiotics prescribed or supplied in 2009–10
      • 9.6 Systemic antibiotic prescribing, 1998–99 to 2009–10
      • 9.7 Changes in medications over the decade2000–01 to 2009–10
    10. Other treatments
      • 10.1 Number of other treatments
      • 10.2 Clinical treatments
      • 10.3 Procedural treatments
      • 10.4 Changes in other treatments over the decade 2000–01 to 2009–10
    11. Referrals and admissions
      • 11.1 Number of referrals and admissions
      • 11.2 Most frequent referrals
      • 11.3 Problems most often referred
      • 11.4 Changes in referrals over the decade 2000–01 to 2009–10
    12. Investigations
      • 12.1 Number of investigations
      • 12.2 Pathology ordering
      • 12.3 Imaging ordering
      • 12.4 Other investigations
      • 12.5 Computerised tomography scans of the lumbar and lumbosacral spine (CT-LS)
      • 12.6 Changes in investigations over the decade 2000–01 to 2009–10
    13. Practice nurse activity
      • 13.1 Practice nurse Medicare claims and practice nurse activity
      • 13.2 Problems managed with practice nurse involvement
      • 13.3 Discussion
      • 13.4 Changes in practice nurse activity, 2005–06 to 2009–10
    14. Patient risk factors
      • 14.1 Body mass index
      • 14.2 Smoking (patients aged 18 years and over)
      • 14.3 Alcohol consumption (patients aged 18 years and over)
      • 14.4 Risk factor profile of adult patients
      • 14.5 Changes in patient risk factors over the decade 2000–01 to 2009–10
    15. SAND abstracts and research tools

End matter

  • References
  • Glossary
  • Appendices
  • List of tables
  • List of figures

Notes and corrections 

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Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1.   (15 December 2010) Appendix 3-5 added.

Recommended citation

Britt H, Miller GC, Charles J, Henderson J, Bayram C, Pan Y, Valenti L, Harrison C, O'Halloran J, Fahridin S 2010. General practice activity in Australia 2009-10. General practice series no. 27. Cat. no. GEP 27. Canberra: AIHW.

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