General practice integration in Australia. Primary health services provider and consumer perceptions of barriers and solutions.
NJ Appleby, D Dunt, DM Southern, D Young
Australian family physician | Published : 1999
OBJECTIVE: To identify practical examples of barriers and possible solutions to improve general practice integration with other health service providers. METHOD: Twelve focus groups, including one conducted by teleconference, were held across Australia with GPs and non GP primary health service providers between May and September, 1996. Focus groups were embedded within concept mapping sessions, which were used to conceptually explore the meaning of integration in general practice. Data coding, organising and analysis were based on the techniques documented by Huberman and Miles. RESULTS: Barriers to integration were perceived to be principally due to the role and territory disputes between ..View full abstract