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Profiling bone and joint problems and health service use in an Australian regional population: the Port Lincoln Health Study

Pham, Clarabelle, Gill, Tiffany K., Hoon, Elizabeth, Rahman, Muhammad Aziz, Whitford, Deirdre, Lynch, John and Beilby, Justin 2013, Profiling bone and joint problems and health service use in an Australian regional population: the Port Lincoln Health Study, Australian health review, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 504-512, doi: 10.1071/AH13064.

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Title Profiling bone and joint problems and health service use in an Australian regional population: the Port Lincoln Health Study
Author(s) Pham, Clarabelle
Gill, Tiffany K.
Hoon, Elizabeth
Rahman, Muhammad AzizORCID iD for Rahman, Muhammad Aziz orcid.org/0000-0003-1665-7966
Whitford, Deirdre
Lynch, John
Beilby, Justin
Journal name Australian health review
Volume number 37
Issue number 4
Start page 504
End page 512
Total pages 9
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Clayton, Vic.
Publication date 2013-09
ISSN 0156-5788
Keyword(s) Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Bone Diseases
Female
Health Services
Humans
Joint Diseases
Male
Middle Aged
Multivariate Analysis
Population Surveillance
Qualitative Research
South Australia
Young Adult
Summary 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 also 85% 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/AH13064
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1605 Policy And Administration
1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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Collection: School of Medicine
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