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July 14th, 2018 by admin

One in 10 parents do not trust GPs with their child’s healthcare: survey

Some parents lack confidence in GPs to care for children. Photo: Kim-Cherie DavidsonSome parents do not trust GPs to manage their child’s health needs, and many GPs themselves are not confident treating chronic illnesses in children, research suggests.
Nanjing Night Net

As Melbourne hospitals continue to be overwhelmed by large numbers of children, including some with minor problems, a survey of 600 parents has found close to one in 10 are not confident in a GP’s ability to care for their child.

The survey of parents whose children were receiving specialist care at the Royal Children’s and Monash Children’s hospitals in 2014 and 2015 found only 45 per cent were “completely confident” in their child’s GP to provide general paediatric care.

While nine out of 10 parents said their child had a regular GP, one third said a GP “rarely” or “never” co-ordinated the care of their child with other specialist doctors. Three quarters said a GP would give their child a referral to see a paediatrician whenever they asked for one.

He has also shown that over the past decade, children have been making up a diminishing proportion of visits to GPs and the number of extended GP consultations for children has fallen. This is despite an increasing number of children living in Australia and growth in the number surviving with chronic illnesses.

A separate survey of GPs published recently found that about 60 per cent referred a child to a specialist because they did not feel comfortable caring for children with chronic and complex condition such as migraines or asthma. One in four said they referred because they had insufficient time to manage the child.

President of the Royal Australian College of GPs Bastian Seidel said Professor Freed’s research methodology was not strong enough to create doubt about GPs’ confidence and competence in paediatric care. He said the survey of parents was so small and specific to Victoria, its findings could not apply to other parts of Australia.  This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.