Patient views of over 75 years health assessments in general practice

Spillman, Margaret, Cheffins, Tracy, and Kimber, Debbie (2012) Patient views of over 75 years health assessments in general practice. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 29 (4). pp. 5-10.

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Objective: To gain an understanding of the value and timeframe of health assessments (HA) from the perspective of the patient.

Design: A self-completed questionnaire for patients who had undergone an over 75 years HA in a 12 month period excluding patients in residential or hospital care.

Setting: General practice patient group in a regional Queensland town.

Subjects: 65 general practice patients with a response rate of 45.1% (65/144). The respondents were 67.7% (44/65) female and 30.8% (20/65) male with one gender (1.5%) not recorded.

Main outcome measure: Whether patients found the over 75 HAs beneficial, and whether they considered the annual timeframe for HAs appropriate.

Results: The majority of respondents 77% (47/61) indicated that their most recent HA was beneficial even though few respondents had a new health concern identified at this HA. A majority (82.5%, 52/63) also supported the current time frame of annual HAs, although 12.7% (8/63) thought once every 2 years was acceptable.

Conclusion: The findings confirm the benefits of health assessments in providing timely treatment for new health concerns and allaying anxiety in the elderly patients of this practice.

Item ID: 23538
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-4328
Keywords: health assessment, general practice, prevention, patient survey
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 05:35
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111002 Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 50%
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