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dc.contributor.authorAmbagtsheer, R.C.-
dc.contributor.authorArchibald, M.M.-
dc.contributor.authorLawless, M.-
dc.contributor.authorMills, D.-
dc.contributor.authorYu, S.-
dc.contributor.authorBeilby, J.J.-
dc.identifier.citationAustralian Journal of General Practice, 2019; 48(7):426-433-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:General practitioners (GPs) are uniquely positioned to support frailty identification and management. However, awareness of frailty and its treatment remains an emergent concept for many. Consequently, our aim was to explore GPs' perceptions, attitudes and experiences of frailty and frailty screening. METHOD:A qualitative focus group study was conducted with 22 South Australian GPs. GPs were recruited through a combination of purposive, convenience and snowball sampling. Data were analysed using a thematic analysis approach. RESULTS:GPs saw frailty as a cycle of worsening decline punctuated by experience of negative outcomes. Participants largely felt that they already knew who their frail patients were without the need for formal screening. Consequently, there was varied support for formal screening, largely dependent on its intended purpose. Few GPs had actively intervened to prevent the onset or progression of frailty, with most strategies aimed at stabilisation and management. DISCUSSION:This study suggests that Australian GPs may be open to a proactive approach to frailty assessment and treatment, given appropriate training and resources.-
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityRachel C. Ambagtsheer, Mandy M. Archibald, Michael Lawless, David Mills, Solomon Yu, Justin J. Beilby-
dc.publisherRoyal Australian College of General Practitioners-
dc.rights© The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2019-
dc.subjectMass Screening-
dc.subjectFocus Groups-
dc.subjectAttitude of Health Personnel-
dc.subjectQualitative Research-
dc.subjectGeneral Practitioners-
dc.titleGeneral practitioners' perceptions, attitudes and experiences of frailty and frailty screening-
dc.typeJournal article-
dc.identifier.orcidArchibald, M.M. [0000-0003-4767-1031]-
dc.identifier.orcidYu, S. [0000-0001-7082-1232]-
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