Maori/non-Maori patterns of contact, expressed morbidity and resource use in general practice: data from the Waikato Medical Care Survey 1991-2

Show simple item record Davis, Peter en Lay Yee, Roy en Sinclair, O en Gribben, B en
dc.coverage.spatial New Zealand en 2012-03-27T00:22:55Z en 2013-12-17T04:29:12Z en 2015-02-25T03:11:20Z en 1997-10-24 en
dc.identifier.citation New Zealand Medical Journal, 1997, 110 (1054), pp. 390 - 392 en
dc.identifier.issn 0028-8446 en
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dc.description.abstract AIMS: To compare patterns of contact, expressed morbidity and resource use in primary care for a representative sample of patients of Maori and non-Maori background. METHODS: The data are drawn from a survey of general practice in the Waikato region representing a one per cent sample of all week day encounters. The data were recorded by participating general practitioners in four collection weeks spaced over the period of a year. In total, 12,833 patient encounter forms were completed. RESULTS: Annual rates of general practitioner contact for Maori are slightly lower than those for patients of non-Maori background. The case-mix pattern of general practitioner contact is very similar between the two groups. There is a limited correspondence between ethnic patterns of general practitioner usage and health need (as measured by mortality levels and rates of public hospital discharge). CONCLUSIONS: The near equivalence in ethnic rates of general practitioner contact revealed in this study contrasts strikingly both with the level of hospitalisation for Maori, which is nearly double that of non-Maori, and with the difference in mortality rates (30% higher for Maori). Attention devoted to improving access to general practitioner services among Maori may be necessary if important areas of ill health and hospital resource use are to be addressed effectively. en
dc.language Eng en
dc.publisher New Zealand Medical Association en
dc.relation.ispartofseries New Zealand Medical Journal en
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dc.relation.replaces 2292/21286 en
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dc.subject Adolescent en
dc.subject Adult en
dc.subject Aged en
dc.subject Child en
dc.subject Child, Preschool en
dc.subject Diagnosis-Related Groups en
dc.subject Family Practice en
dc.subject Female en
dc.subject Health Care Surveys en
dc.subject Health Resources en
dc.subject Health Services Accessibility en
dc.subject Health Services Needs and Demand en
dc.subject Hospitalization en
dc.subject Hospitals, Public en
dc.subject Humans en
dc.subject Infant en
dc.subject Infant, Newborn en
dc.subject Male en
dc.subject Middle Aged en
dc.subject Morbidity en
dc.subject Mortality en
dc.subject New Zealand en
dc.subject Oceanic Ancestry Group en
dc.subject Patient Acceptance of Health Care en
dc.subject Workload en
dc.title Maori/non-Maori patterns of contact, expressed morbidity and resource use in general practice: data from the Waikato Medical Care Survey 1991-2 en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 1054 en
pubs.begin-page 390 en
pubs.volume 110 en
dc.description.version VoR - Version of Record en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: New Zealand Medical Association en
dc.identifier.pmid 9397082 en en
pubs.end-page 392 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 9939 en Arts en Arts Research en Compass en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2012-09-07 en
pubs.dimensions-id 9397082 en

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