Journal article

No abatement of steroid injections for tennis elbow in Australian General Practice: A 15-year observational study with random general practitioner sampling

Bill Vicenzino, Helena Britt, Allan J Pollack, Michelle Hall, Kim L Bennell, David J Hunter

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Evaluate general practitioner (GP) management of tennis elbow (TE) in Australia. METHODS: Data about the management of TE by GPs from 2000 to 2015 were extracted from the Bettering the Evaluation of Care of Health program database. Patient and GP characteristics and encounter management data were classified by the International Classification of Primary Care, version 2, and reported using descriptive statistics with point estimates and 95% confidence intervals. RESULTS: TE was managed by GPs 242,000 times per year on average. Patients were mainly female (52.3%), aged between 35 and 64 years (mean: 49.3 yrs), had higher relative risks of concomitant disorders (e.g. carpal tunnel sy..

View full abstract

Grants

Awarded by National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC practitioner Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC program


Funding Acknowledgements

BEACH supporting organisations 2000-2016 include: Australian Government Department of Health (1998-2004,2007-2016); AstraZeneca Pty Ltd (Australia) (1998-2016); Sequirus Australia) Pty Ltd (2010-2016); Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd (2006-2012,2015-16); AbbVie Pty Ltd (2014-2015); Merck, Sharp and Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd (2002-2013); Pfizer Australia (2003-2013); National Prescribing Service Ltd (2005-2009,2012-2013); GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd (2010-2012); Bayer Australia Ltd (2010-2011); Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd (2000-2010); Abbott Australasia Pty Ltd (2006-2010); Wyeth Australia Pty Ltd (2008-2010); Roche Products Pty Ltd (1998-2006). KLB is supported by a National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellowship (APP1058440). DJH has a NHMRC practitioner Fellowship (APP1079777). MH is supported by a NHMRC program grant (#1091302). The funders had no role in any part of the study or in any decision about the publication.