GPs manage more chronic conditions, but write fewer prescriptions than a decade ago

GPs are managing more chronic conditions than a decade ago and administering more vaccinations, but are writing fewer prescriptions according to new research from the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program at the University of Sydney’s Family Medicine Research Centre.

Two studies released by BEACH found that patients 45 years and older are taking up a bigger part of GP workload compared to a decade ago. More patients are presenting with diabetes and depression.

GPs are also writing five to six fewer prescriptions for every 100 problems, referring patients to medical specialists more often and ordering more pathology tests.

Read more at University of Sydney