general practice

Results marked ‘non-urgent discussion’ - rate of notification without a result notification procedure (2015/2017)

Without any procedure to ‘recall’ patients who have a result marked ‘non-urgent discussion’, how many results are notified over the following weeks? During four measurement periods in 2015/2017, the Kensington site had approximately 100 results per week marked for ‘non-urgent discussion’. Although there was no mechanism to recall those patients if the result was not yet notified, about 55% of those results were notified within four weeks.

Pharmacists in General Practice

Pharmacists in general practice are expected to improve medication efficacy and reduce medication complications and adverse effects. In order for pharmacists in practice to be sustainable, practice revenue needs to be taken into consideration. In this short study, conducted during a period of considerable practice and societal upheaval due to a coronavirus outbreak, a pharmacist in practice was able to reduce the overall medication count (-0.52 per patient) and increase the billings (‘standard’ +0.86, ‘nursing’ +0.29, ‘case conference’ +0.04 and ‘medication review’ +0.09) of patients the pharmacist contacted. Additional revenue per patient contacted is estimated at $89.73.

Vitamin D testing patterns among general practitioners in a major Victorian primary health care service

This study examined 25(OH)D testing patterns and frequency among general practitioners in a major community health service. dvancing age, being female and being a migrant were associated with an increased likelihood of vitamin D testing. Implications: Development of evidence-based policies and guidelines are needed to manage over-testing of vitamin D in Australia. Studies that include health services from different areas are required to understand vitamin D testing patterns among the general practitioners.