General practitioner service provision in residential aged care facilities: 1998–2011
Article first published online: 5 NOV 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Australasian Journal on Ageing © 2012 ACOTA
Australasian Journal on Ageing
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 56–59, March 2013
How to Cite
Taylor, M. J., Edvardsson, D., Horey, D., Fetherstonhaugh, D., Nay, R. and Swerissen, H. (2013), General practitioner service provision in residential aged care facilities: 1998–2011. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 32: 56–59. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2012.00647.x
- Issue published online: 21 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 5 NOV 2012
- primary health care;
- homes for the aged
To examine the general practitioner (GP) consultation patterns for primary health-care services provided in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) by consultation type.
Analyses of service provision and RACF population data for the period 1998–2011. All Medicare-subsidised services provided by GPs across Australia in RACFs were included and categorised by consultation type and by time of service delivery (business or after-hours).
Overall service delivery increased from 12 118 per 1000 residents in financial year (FY) 1998–99 to 17 079 per 1000 residents in FY2010–11, a 41% increase. Since FY2007–08, the rate of brief consultations has grown by an average of 20% each year. Delivery of after-hours consultations also increased.
The pattern of GP services provided in RACFs has changed substantially over time. To some extent these changes reflect regulatory adjustments; however, the pattern is at odds with the ever-increasing dependence levels of residents.