Impact of standalone and embedded telephone triage systems on after hours primary medical care service utilisation and mix in Australia.
David Dunt, Susan E Day, Margaret Kelaher, Michael Montalto
Aust New Zealand Health Policy | Published : 2005
BACKGROUND: The Australian government sponsored five local trials aimed at addressing problems in after hours (AH) primary medical care (PMC). The study's objective was to determine if the four trials, where telephone triage was the sole innovation, led to a reduction in AH service utilisation and change in service mix towards AH GP clinics. Changes in utilisation and mix of AH GP clinic and home visits, ED and ambulance use were monitored in the trial areas, and in a national sample to adjust for the effects of secular trend. Pre- and post-trial telephone surveys of two separate random samples of approximately 350 AH PMC user households in each area were conducted. RESULTS: Some types of AH..View full abstract