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Are Irish adult general practice consultation rates as low as official records suggest? A cross sectional study at six general practices

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dc.contributor.author Behan, W.
dc.contributor.author Molony, D
dc.contributor.author Beame, C.
dc.contributor.author Cullen, Walter
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-18T15:55:54Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-18T15:55:54Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4898
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Accurate data on primary care activity is key to health services planning and reconfiguration. Official data estimate general practice adult consultation rates to be 3.2 visits annually, based on patient self reports. We aim to estimate the consultation rate using practice based data and compare this to official estimates. We interrogated six general practicesâ information systems and estimated consultation rates based on practice, telephone, domiciliary and out of hours consultations by patients aged 18 years or older. The study population (20,706 patients) was representative of the national population in terms of age and GMS status. The mean consultation rate was 5.17, though this was higher among GMS-eligible patients and among older age groups. Estimates of consultation rates derived from practice based data are likely to be higher than that derived from other approaches. Using multiple sources of data will enhance accuracy of workload estimates and this will benefit service planning. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Irish Medical Organization en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Irish Medical Journal;106 (10), pp. 297-9
dc.relation.uri http://www.imj.ie/ViewArticleDetails.aspx?ArticleID=13077
dc.relation.uri walter.cullen@ucd.ie
dc.subject GPs en_US
dc.subject primary care en_US
dc.title Are Irish adult general practice consultation rates as low as official records suggest? A cross sectional study at six general practices en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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