Journal article

Regular source of primary care and emergency department use of children in Victoria

E TURBITT, GL Freed

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | Wiley | Published : 2015

Abstract

AIM: The aim of this paper was to study the prevalence of a regular source of primary care for Victorian children attending one of four emergency departments (EDs) and to determine associated characteristics, including ED use. METHODS: Responses were collected via an electronic survey from parents attending EDs with their child (≤9 years of age) for a lower-urgency condition. Single, multiple choice, and Likert scale responses were analysed using bivariate and logistic regression tests. RESULTS: Of the 1146 parents who provided responses, 80% stated their child has a regular source of primary care. Of these, care is mostly received by a general practitioner (GP) (95%) in GP group practices (..

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