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Enhanced primary care : a rural perspective

Lewis, Philippa, White, Angela, Misan, Gary, Harvey, Peter, Connolly, Jerome and Noone, Joe 2003, Enhanced primary care : a rural perspective, Australian family physician, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 186-188.

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Title Enhanced primary care : a rural perspective
Author(s) Lewis, Philippa
White, Angela
Misan, Gary
Harvey, Peter
Connolly, Jerome
Noone, Joe
Journal name Australian family physician
Volume number 32
Issue number 3
Start page 186
End page 188
Total pages 3
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Place of publication East Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2003-03
ISSN 0300-8495
Summary BACKGROUND: The Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program is designed to promote better management of and improved health outcomes for people with chronic illness. Specific Medicare item numbers provide government funding to encourage general practitioners to take up health assessments, care plans and case conferences. AIM: We investigated elements of the EPC program from a rural general practice perspective.

METHOD: Questionnaires summarising experience of EPC for patients and health care providers, undertaken over four weeks at three rural general practices, and observation.

RESULTS: The EPC program assisted the management and coordination of care for patients with multidisciplinary care needs. General practitioners were generally positive about the EPC program. The main barrier was the extra time required. The main concern of allied health workers was the lack of appropriate remuneration for their participation. Patients were positive in their responses, but many appeared to lack the motivation and self management skills to take full advantage of the program.

DISCUSSION: Strategies seeking to increase the uptake of EPC items need to address efficiency and accessibility, and funding for participating health professionals.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2003, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083838

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