Patterns of GP use among Australia’s older adults with chronic physical and mental health conditions

Dennis Asante

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Abstract

Older adults’ (≥60) health needs are complex and may be different between urban and rural environments. Rural older adults are identified as less likely to use available mental health services. However, it is unknown whether this pattern of health seeking is influenced more so by physical or mental health conditions.
To compare the burden of chronic physical and mental health conditions between urban and nonurban South Australia; and investigate their independent effect on GP use across the locations.
The South Australia’s 2013-2017 population health survey (n=20522) was analysed. We examined prevalence of common physical and mental health conditions and GP use by the Modified Monash Model (MMM) of remoteness. Based on MMM, we categorised the data into three groups including rural (MM 2-4), remote (MM5-7), and urban.
Except for diabetes (rural=18.2%, remote=17.1%, urban=15.6%), prevalence of chronic physical and mental health conditions was similar across the MMM categories. GP use significantly increases with either physical or mental health condition(s). Anxiety and depression were associated with higher GP use, independent of age, gender, and physical conditions. The odds of GP visits with suicidal ideation for rural and remote locations were 4.7 (1.6-13.6) and 4.8 (1.9-11.7) respectively, compared to Adelaide1.5 (1.0-2.3)
Chronic physical and mental health conditions independently increases the odds of high GP use across South Australia. Nonurban older adults tend to use GPs more for mental health problems.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021
Event54th AAG Conference: Innovation in Ageing for the future -
Duration: 9 Nov 202112 Nov 2021
Conference number: 54th
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Conference

Conference54th AAG Conference
Period9/11/2112/11/21
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Keywords

  • Older adults
  • Health needs
  • Mental health services
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Mental health conditions
  • Ageing

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