General medical practice: An aspect of living standards

The Australian Living Standards Study / General Practice Evaluation Program


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Content type
Research report

December 1995

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This study addresses the experience of families with children of general practice care. General practitioners are treated as a potentially important part of families' social support network. The general aims of the research are to examine access to, and use of, basic medical care, need for care, the importance to families of various aspects of care in relation to service provision and delivery, and their satisfaction with aspects of care. The analysis is based on data from the Australian Living Standards Study, conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. The report is based on information provided by families living in four localities in Melbourne - two outer suburban areas (Berwick and Werribee), one middle suburban area (Box Hill) and the inner suburban area (the City of Melbourne).

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Theoretical Perspective, General Aims and Method
    • Definition of health
    • A systems theory perspective
    • The GP as an agent of social support
    • Conclusions
    • General aims
    • Method and Sample
  • Part 2: The Family as a Whole: Use of Basic Medical Services, Priorities and Satisfaction
    • Type of basic medical service used
    • Fees charged
    • Proximity to service and modes of transport used
    • Non-use of basic medical services
    • Values and priorities of families
    • Satisfaction with the main medical service used
    • Structure of importance and satisfaction scales
    • After hours medical care
  • Part 3: Personal Visits to General Practitioners: Separate Analysis of Associated Factors
    • Frequency of visits to the GP by children
    • Frequency of visits to the GP by parents
  • Part 4: Personal Visits to General Practitioners: A Two-Stage Mult­ivariate Analysis
    • Stage 1: The joint effects of various health status measures
    • Stage 2: Factors linked with high and low usage
  • Part 5: Summary and Conclusions
    • Patterns for the family as a whole
    • Factors linked with frequency of personal GP visits
    • Personal GP visits when health status is taken into account
  • References
  • Appendix: A Sample of the Four Municipalities