Healthy Communities: Coordination of health care – experiences with GP care among patients aged 45 and over, 2016 - Report - Glossary

Healthy Communities: Coordination of health care – experiences with GP care among patients aged 45 and over, 2016

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Glossary

care setting The setting in which a patient receives their GP care. For the purposes of this report, this comprises either a usual GP only, a usual place of care only, or both a usual GP and place of care.
continuity of care The relationship between a single practitioner and a patient that extends beyond specific episodes of illness or disease.
coordination of care The deliberate organisation of patient care activities between two or more participants involved in a patient’s care to facilitate the appropriate delivery of health care services.
long-term health condition (ABS Survey of Health Care definition)

A health condition that is expected to last, or has lasted, 6 months or more and has been diagnosed by a health professional. Respondents were specifically asked whether they had any of the following conditions:

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • effects of a stroke
  • cancer
  • asthma
  • chronic lung disease
  • osteoporosis or low bone density
  • arthritis
  • mental health condition
  • Alzheimer disease or dementia
  • moderate or severe pain
  • other long-term health condition/long-term injury.
primary health care Services that are delivered in many settings—such as general practices, community health centres, Aboriginal health services and allied health practices (for example, physiotherapy, dietetic and chiropractic practices)—that are delivered under numerous funding arrangements.
remoteness areas Regions divided up within each state and territory based on their relative accessibility to goods and services (such as to general practitioners, hospitals and specialist care) as measured by road distance. These regions are based on the Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia and defined as remoteness areas by the Australian Statistical Geographical Standard (ASGS) (from 2011 onwards) in each Census year. The five remoteness areas are Major cities, Inner regional, Outer regional, Remote and Very remote. Remote and Very remote areas have been combined for analyses in this report due to smaller numbers of patients enumerated in these areas compared with other areas.
socioeconomic group A population grouping that indicates how ‘well off’ a group of people are. Socioeconomic groups are mostly reported using the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas, typically for five groups (quintiles)—from the most disadvantaged (worst off or lowest socioeconomic area) to the least disadvantaged (best off or highest socioeconomic area). The index value reflects the overall or average level of disadvantage of the population of an area; it does not show how individuals living in the same area differ from each other in their socioeconomic group. This report uses the Index of Relative Socio Economic Disadvantage.
usual GP The general practitioner whom a person visits for most of their health care.
usual place of care The usual place to which people go if they are sick or need advice about their health. Examples of usual place of care settings include a clinic with GPs only, or with GPs and other health professionals; a community health centre; an Aboriginal Medical Service; or, for some patients, a hospital emergency department.

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