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|Title:||Clinical encounters of Australian general practice registrars with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients|
van Driel, M.
|Citation:||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2016; 40(Suppl. 1):S75-S80|
|Allison Thomson, Simon Morgan, Peter O’Mara, Amanda Tapley, Kim Henderson, Mieke van Driel, Christopher Oldmeadow, Jean Ball, John Scott, Neil Spike, Lawrie McArthur, Parker Magin|
|Abstract:||Objective: General practice is central to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care, and this area is a core element of Australian general practice (GP) training. We aimed to describe the prevalence, nature and associations of GP registrar encounters with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. Methods: A cross-sectional analysis from a cohort study of GP registrars’ clinical consultations 2010–2013. Registrars record demographic, clinical and educational details of consecutive patient encounters. Multivariable associations were tested with logistic regression. Results: A total of 592 registrars contributed data from 69,188 consultations. Encounters with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients comprised 1.0% of consultations. Significant positive associations included younger patient age; new patient to the registrar; lower socioeconomic status of practice location; non-urban practice setting; more problems managed; and follow-up arranged. A greater proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients’ problems were psychological/social and a lesser proportion were cardiovascular. Consultation duration did not differ between the two groups. Conclusions: GP registrars encounter Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients less than do established GPs. Our results suggest possible variability in registrar experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Implications: Our findings will inform training of a culturally and clinically competent workforce in this area.|
|Keywords:||Health services; Indigenous; family practice; general practice|
|Rights:||© 2015 The Authors This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made. The authors have stated they have no conflict of interest.|
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