General practice visits by people with traumatic spinal cord injury

Writing in The Australian Journal of Primary Health Dr.  Delena Amsters and her group from the Spinal Outreach Team, Queensland Spinal Cord Injuries Service,  Australia and the transitional Rehabilitation Program, Queensland Spinal Cord Injuries Service look at General practice visits by people with traumatic spinal cord injury.

The group found that there was substantially greater GP service utilisation, particularly young men with SCI, compared to the general population. Interestingly. In addition, patients with paraplegia were higher users of GP services than those with tetraplegia. They conclude that there is a need for specialist support for GPs to meet the SCI-specific  patient group and specialist SCI outreach teams may be a useful resource for primary health care practitioners.

 

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