A national survey of parental attitudes to GP’s revealed fewer than half have any confidence in GPs to provide overall general healthcare to their child.
The University of Melbourne survey of 2100 parents’ attitudes to GP’s handling of a child’s “general health” found that only 44 per cent had complete confidence; 45 per cent were only mostly confident.
When it came to providing care for minor injuries, not requiring an X-ray, only 56 per cent had complete confidence, shared Herald Sun.
The study, led by Professor Gary Freed, concluded that low parental confidence in GPs led to more children being taken to hospital emergency departments for less urgent conditions, and more referrals to specialist care.
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“A fundamental aspect of the Australian healthcare system is that primary care for patients of all ages is provided by GPs,” Prof Freed wrote.
“If confidence in the ability of GPs to provide primary care is diminishing among parents, it could have significant effects on the organisation and structure of the healthcare system.”
The study findings were published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.
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