GP registrar clinical experiences: urban vs rural

46% of rural registrars work at practices with fewer than five GPs

GP registrars in regional and rural practices see more patients with chronic disease and write more scripts per consult, research suggests.

They are also more likely to treat older patients and patients of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

While it is well-known that GP registrars have different experiences depending on where they work, a new study has highlighted just how much workloads and patient demographics can vary.

Researchers examined records of almost 167,000 consultations given by more than 1100 registrars working across eastern Australia between 2010 and 2015.

They found one of the biggest differences between training in an urban practice and elsewhere was how often GP registrars were performing procedures.