Peter C Veitch

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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)
The Medical Journal of Australia ISSN: 0025-729X 19 January 2004 180 2 84-85 ©The Medical Journal of Australia 2004 Lessons from Practice SULFONYLUREAS ACT by stimulating insulin secretion from the pancreas and augmenting glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. Some, such as glibenclamide and glimepiride, are long acting and have metabolites(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)
OBJECTIVE To gain some understanding of the attitudes and behaviours of Indigenous young people in Townsville concerning relationships, contraception and safe sex. DESIGN Cross-sectional study using a computer-assisted self-administered survey and single-sex focus group discussions designed by a Young Mums' Group operating on participatory action(More)
A self-reported competency survey of 1988 sixth year medical students in Queensland revealed that only 2 of 47 procedural skills considered essential for general practice had been performed alone by 80 per cent or more of students. Six of the essential skills had not been performed by more than 80 per cent of students. Consideration needs to be given to the(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)
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)
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)
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)