164971 - Common Presentations in General Practice; Algorithms to assessing orthopaedic patients
The aim of this one day workshop is to provide GP's pertinent knowledge and practical skills on the management of common orthopaedic presentations in General Practice. The broad faculty will offer delegates a holistic approach to assessment, diagnosis and treatment pathways for acute and chronic orthopaedic conditions.Relevance to General Practice
The general practitioner (GP) is often the first care provider for patients with acute and chronic orthopaedic conditions. Muscoskeletal and chronic orthopaedic conditions such as osteoarthritis (OA) are amongst the top 10 most common presentations to the general practitioner. Patients rely heavily on GP’s to assist them to the path of recovery, however identifying the most effective referral route is often a challenging decision faced by many GP’s
The nature of the referral process depends on a variety of factors, including diagnosis or investigation, treatment and reassurance (reassurance for themselves as well as reassurance for the patient) and knowledge of options available to suit the individual’s needs. The RACGP states the role of the GP is to relieve a patient’s personal disease in all its forms, in the manner best suited to individual, considering patient needs, values and desired health outcomes.