General practice visits by people with traumatic spinal cord injury: a Queensland longitudinal study

Amsters, Delena, Schuurs, Sarita, Kendall, Melissa, Pershouse, Kiley, Barker, Ruth, and Kuipers, Pim (2014) General practice visits by people with traumatic spinal cord injury: a Queensland longitudinal study. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 20 (2). pp. 167-173.

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People with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI), although proportionally fewer in number, are known to be high users of primary health care services; however,details of their visits to GPs are unclear. This study presents information about GP utilisation patterns of 193 people with SCI over a 5-year period. Results demonstrate substantially greater GP service utilisation, particularly for young men with SCI, compared with their counterparts in the general population. Interestingly, people with paraplegia were proportionally higher users of GP services than those with tetraplegia. Results indicate the need for specialist support for GPs to meet the SCI-specific needs of this patient group. Specialist SCI outreach teams may be a useful resource to primary health care practitioners.

Item ID: 33054
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-7527
Keywords: disability, service utilisation
Funders: Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine, CONROD
Date Deposited: 13 May 2014 02:27
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1109 Neurosciences > 110904 Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111703 Care for Disabled @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920111 Nervous System and Disorders @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity @ 50%
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