Bridging the generation gap
- Older patients less willing to consult registrars
- Only 1 in 4 willing to see registrar alone for complex or chronic conditions
- Shared care strategies boost patient confidence in registrars significantly
FOR older patients with chronic illness, a continuing relationship with a trusted GP is invaluable. As the population ages and chronic illnesses increase, it follows that more people will be seeking such relationships.
The best way to prepare for this future then would be for GP registrars to begin developing skills in managing chronic illness in older patients – however, this may not be a straightforward task.
Australian research has indicated that older patients, particularly those with chronic illness, may be less willing to consult GP registrars for their care.