Use of home visiting GP services by paediatric patients presenting at emergency departments
AuthorAllen, AR; Turbitt, E; Freed, GL
Source TitleAUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN
PublisherROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS
AffiliationMedicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsAllen, AR; Turbitt, E; Freed, GL, Use of home visiting GP services by paediatric patients presenting at emergency departments, AUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN, 2016, 45 (4), pp. 230 - 235
Access StatusAccess this item via the Open Access location
Open Access URLhttp://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2016/april/use-of-home-visiting-gp-services-by-paediatric-patients-presenting-at-emergency-departments/
BACKGROUND: Children in Australia are infrequent recipients of general practitioner (GP) home visits. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to examine whether parents who brought their child to an emergency department (ED) for a lower urgency condition had contacted a home-visiting GP prior to arriving at the ED. METHODS: Electronic surveys were completed by 1150 parents of children aged ≤9 years presenting with lower urgency conditions (triage category 4 or 5) to the EDs of four hospitals in metropolitan Melbourne. RESULTS: Only 83 (7%) parents had attempted to contact a home-visiting GP service and only 26 received a visit. Half of those who did receive a visit, and more than half who did not, reported being told to attend the ED by the service. DISCUSSION: There is infrequent use of home-visiting GP services by children who present to EDs with lower urgency conditions. These services refer some children with low-urgency conditions to the ED.
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