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Type: Journal article
Title: Profiling bone and joint problems and health service use in an Australian regional population: The Port Lincoln Health Study
Author: Pham, C.
Gill, T.
Hoon, E.
Rahman, M.
Whitford, D.
Lynch, J.
Beilby, J.
Citation: Australian Health Review, 2013; 37(4):504-512
Publisher: Australian Healthcare Association
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0156-5788
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Clarabelle Pham, Tiffany K. Gill, Elizabeth Hoon, Muhammad Aziz Rahman, Deirdre Whitford, John Lynch, Justin Beilby
Abstract: Objectives. To describe the burden of bone and joint problems (BJP) in a defined regional population, and to identify characteristics and service-usage patterns. Methods. In 2010, a health census of adults aged≥15 years was conducted in Port Lincoln, South Australia. A follow-up computer-assisted telephone interview provided more specific information about those with BJP. Results. Overall, 3350 people (42%) reported current BJP. General practitioners (GP) were the most commonly used provider (85%). People with BJP were also85% more likely to visit chiropractors, twice as likely to visit physiotherapists and 34% more likely to visit Accident and Emergency or GP out of hours (compared with the rest of the population). Among the phenotypes, those with BJP with co-morbidities were more likely to visit GP, had a significantly higher mean pain score and higher levels of depression or anxiety compared with those with BJP only. Those with BJP only were more likely to visit physiotherapists. Conclusions. GP were significant providers for those with co-morbidities, the group who also reported higher levels of pain and mental distress. GP have a central role in effectively managing this phenotype within the BJP population including linking allied health professionals with general practice to manage BJP more efficiently
Keywords: Humans
Bone Diseases
Joint Diseases
Population Surveillance
Multivariate Analysis
Qualitative Research
Middle Aged
Health Services
South Australia
Young Adult
Rights: © AHHA 2013
DOI: 10.1071/AH13064
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