Journal article

Older patients' consultations in an apprenticeship model-based general practice training program: A cross-sectional study

Andrew Bonney, Simon Morgan, Amanda Tapley, Kim Henderson, Elizabeth Holliday, Andrew Davey, Mieke van Driel, Neil Spike, Cathy Regan, Jean Ball, Parker Magin



OBJECTIVE: To investigate older patients' encounters with general practice registrars (GPRs) to inform training and clinical practice. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of data from GPR consultations across five regional training providers in Australia. Data were analysed using simple and multiple logistic regression models. RESULTS: Our analysis included details of 118 831 consultations, 20 555 (17.6%, 95% CI 17.4-17.8) with patients aged ≥65 years. Older patient encounters had an increased likelihood of including chronic disease (OR 1.77, 95% CI 1.70, 1.86) and more problems (OR 1.24, 95% CI 1.20, 1.27). However, in-consultation information or advice was less likely to be sought (OR 0.92, ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the participation of the registrars, practices and regional training providers in the ReCEnT study. There was no external funding for the project. The project was funded by the participating educational organisations: General Practice Training Valley to Coast, the Victorian Metropolitan Alliance, General Practice Training Tasmania and Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program. These organisations were funded at the time of the study by General Practice Education and Training, an Australian Commonwealth Government initiative. Simon Morgan, Amanda Tapley, Kim Henderson, Neil Spike, Cathy Regan and Parker Magin are or were employed by the regional training providers in which the study was conducted.