Journal article

Association between telehealth use and general practitioner characteristics during COVID-19: findings from a nationally representative survey of Australian doctors

Anthony Scott, Tianshu Bai, Yuting Zhang

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate factors associated with the use of telehealth by general practitioners (GPs) during COVID-19. DESIGN: A nationally representative longitudinal survey study of Australian doctors analysed using regression analysis. SETTING: General practice in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic. PARTICIPANTS: 448 GPs who completed both the 11th wave (2018-2019) of the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) Survey and the MABEL COVID-19 Special Online Survey (May 2020). OUTCOME MEASURES: Proportion of all consultations delivered via telephone (audio) or video (audiovisual); proportion of telehealth consultations delivered via video. RESULTS: 46.1% of GP servi..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by Department of Health of the Australian Government


Funding Acknowledgements

The MABEL COVID-19 Short Online Survey was funded by Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited. Funding for previous waves of MABEL comes from the National Health and Medical Research Council (2007-2016: 454 799 and 1019605); the Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2008); Health Workforce Australia (2013); in 2017, The University of Melbourne, Medibank Better Health Foundation, the NSW Ministry of Health, and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and in 2018/2019, the Department of Health of the Australian Government (4-86SFAQV).