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AJGP Clinical Challenge October 2018: Continuity of care

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
2 hrs

To discuss continuity of care in general practice in Australia

Relevance to General Practice

Continuity of care is a central to the RACGP’s view of high-quality care,1 and has been shown to be associated with improved health outcomes.2 However, the traditional model of healthcare, where patients receive ongoing care from one practitioner, is now no longer the norm. There are a variety of reasons for this change, including the increasing number of people living with chronic diseases and GPs now tending to work in larger practices, so that patients will not necessarily always see their preferred practitioner. Changes in technology have also produced new ways of providing healthcare, such as computer-based options. It is important to consider the issues and challenges surrounding continuity of care and how this can be maintained within the current health system. Equally important is the need to be aware of technological developments that can be used to improve continuity of care and ensure ongoing high-quality healthcare, particularly in an ageing population.

Learning outcomes
  • Discuss the challenges in measuring and promoting continuity of care in Australia
  • Identify strategies for encouraging the benefits of continuity of care within a modern health system
  • Illustrate the benefits of the emerging digital health system by reference to typical patients that Australian general practitioners are treating
  • Describe best practice medication management for residents diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Continuity of care promotes quality and safety

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The impacts of the social determinants of health are identified and addressed

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Care of older people
    • Children and young people health
    • Other
    AJGP Clinical Challenge October 2018: Continuity of care
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    2 hrs
    Start Date
    End Date
    CPD Points
    4 cpd