New BEACH publications
The BEACH program released two new publications this month. Management rates of sexually transmissible infections by Australian general practitioners, 2000-12, determined how frequently six common STIs were managed by GPs, the characteristics of the GPs and patients, and any changes over time. Findings showed that genital herpes and genital warts were the most common STIs managed. GPs who were female and those aged under 60 years had higher STI management rates than their counterparts. Read the abstract.
Stroke is a short article about the management of stroke in general practice. BEACH data between 2000 and 2013 was analysed to determine the patient characteristics, associated conditions and management options at GP-patient encounters where a CVA was recorded. Findings are consistent with the effective prevention and management of CVA in Australian general practice.