Learn More
Retention of rural doctors remains difficult because of complex factors that influence decisions of medical families. This study explores the reasons why Queensland rural doctors left their communities during 1995. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with contactable former rural doctors who claimed that they had entered rural practice with the(More)
Although the incidence and prevalence of serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in the elderly cannot be accurately stated, published estimates appear to be unchanged since the earliest reports in the 1960s. Whereas heightened awareness of the problem may weigh in favour of a reduction in ADR frequency, the dramatic increase in the number and availability of(More)
OBJECTIVE To improve the quality of educational needs analysis for groups of general practitioners through the development of a range of simple, inexpensive practice based performance measures of general practice. METHOD Members of one volunteer semi rural division of general practice were allocated randomly to groups that collected or provided data on:(More)
This note outlines the rationale, development and validation of three injury scenarios as objective measures of anticipated illness behaviour. The measures were originally developed to consider differences in illness behaviour with distance from medical services in rural and remote areas of Queensland, Australia. However, the measures have a more universal(More)
Three progressively worsening injury scenarios were used to determine the influence of distance from medical services on the anticipated illness behaviour of rural and remote area residents. A total of 801 householders were interviewed in two rural areas of Queensland, Australia (320 in a coastal area and 481 in an inland area). There was a consistent trend(More)
Medical workforce data have a profound impact on health policy formulation, but derived doctor population ratios (DPR) are often more relevant to plotting national trends than providing a detailed regional or local workforce perspective. Regional workforce data may be more useful if national approaches are augmented by local information. In developing a(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore attitudes to pregnancy and parenthood among a group of Indigenous young people in Townsville, Australia. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS Mixed methods and a cross-sectional design involving Indigenous women from a Young Mums Group designing the research instruments and acting as peer interviewers. Data were collected in 2004 from young(More)
This survey conducted by FMP trainees in Queensland describes how general practice patients on long term, self administered medications identify their drugs. Trade names are by far the most common means of identification. Generic names and identification by action, colour, and shape and common usage names are less frequently used. Knowledge of alternative(More)