The General Practice Insights Report 2017–18 analyses the de-identified data of 2.7 million patients to reveal the common chronic health conditions in general practice in 2017–18 and the clinical management the patients received.
The report, commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health, shows that hypertension, depression, anxiety, asthma and arthritis are common chronic conditions patients present with to GPs.
From this report, we also know the common medicines prescribed in Australia in 2017–18 were those used to treat cardiovascular and nervous system disorders. Opioids account for 10 per cent of all original prescriptions. Common pathology tests included full blood counts, liver function tests and tests for cholesterol.
The General Practice Insights Report 2016–17 was the first time clinical data collected from participating MedicineInsight practices were used to provide insights into general practice at a national level.
These working papers demonstrate how clinical data from participating practices can help inform policy, research and health systems to improve health outcomes for all Australians.
The reports include key findings including the most frequent reasons recorded as to why patients go to a doctor, chronic conditions with which patients present to GPs, and the most frequently prescribed medicines and medical tests.