Journal article

Characteristics of patients who access zero, one or multiple general practices and reasons for their choices: a study in regional Australia

Kristen M Glenister, John Guymer, Lisa Bourke, David Simmons

BMC FAMILY PRACTICE | BMC | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Most people in Australia visit a General Practitioner each year and are free to choose their General Practitioner and/or practice on each occasion. A proportion of people visit multiple general practices, which can reduce continuity of care, a core value of general practice. Utilisation of multiple general practices is associated with metropolitan residence and younger age. However, it is unclear which factors are associated with utilisation of multiple general practices in rural areas, where there are often General Practitioner workforce shortages and higher proportions of patients who may benefit from continuity of care, including older people and people living with chronic dis..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank all participants and research assistants for their contribution to the project. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Australian Government Department of Health, Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Programme.