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Who goes to the doctor most? What for? What's prescribed? How old are the doctors and how do they practice? These are just some of the questions answered in a report to be released on Wednesday by the AIHW's General Practice Statistics and Classification Unit at the University of Sydney.
Bettering the Evaluation And Care of Health: A Study of General Practice Activity is the first report from the new national data collection program - BEACH. As well as summarising data collected during the first six months of the study, the interim report describes the study methods in detail.
Head of the General Practice Statistics and Classification Unit, Dr Helena Britt, said that 'although the role of GPs is widening and public spending on their services is substantial, until now we haven't had any regular data collections on general practitioners' activities.'
'The first 6 months of this study has given us information about 476 general practitioners and 47,600 records of their encounters with patients. We're really looking forward to having on-going data to gain an even clearer picture of general practice and changes over time.'
The interim report's findings include:
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