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
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 (..View full abstract
Thank you to the participants of this study for their time answering the survey. We thank Gemma Catley for her administrative assistance in the submission of this paper. This study was funded by the Victorian Government's Department of Health, Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, Inner Northwest Medicare Local and the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local.