Patterns of primary health care service use of Indigenous Australians diagnosed with cancer

Currently, there is an evidence gap in our understanding of health utilization of primary health care (PHC) services by Indigenous Australians with cancer. This study is a retrospective audit of records between 2010-2016. It describes the utilization of PHC services by Indigenous patients with cancer, and the nature of the care provided. Over 80% of visits identified were for symptoms, wound care and emotional or social support. Overall, the results highlighted that reliance on PHC services, particularly by patients in remote and disadvantaged communities, may have important implications for appropriate resourcing and support for services in these locations.

 

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