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Improving general practitioner involvement in urban hospitals. Departments or divisions of general practice

Harris, M.F.; Fisher, R.R.; Knowlden, S.M.

Medical Journal of Australia 158(5): 304-307


ISSN/ISBN: 0025-729X
PMID: 8474369
Accession: 008833014

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Objective: To discover what measures have been taken in urban Australian hospitals to involve general practitioners (GPs) in public hospital services. Design: A descriptive study. Data were collected by postal survey. Setting: Hospitals in urban areas. Main outcome measures: Appointment of GP affiliates or associates, existence of departments or divisions of general practice, appointed GP liaison positions and formal arrangements for GP shared care and discharge planning. Results: Ninety-five of 102 hospitals (93%) responded to a postal survey. Sixty-five per cent of respondent hospitals had appointed GP affiliates or associates, 32% had a division or department of general practice and 41% had a designated GP liaison position. Forty per cent had formal GP shared care programs and 14% had formal GP involvement in discharge planning. Conclusion: There was a high level of adoption of measures to involve GPs in urban hospitals. However, only a minority of hospitals had comprehensive measures in place and sufficient support for this to occur.

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