GP stroke care deserves praise: specialist
The $2.5 million study suggesting much of the care provided by primary care doctors is substandard is still causing ructions in the Medical Journal of Australia.
Published in July, the CareTrack study suggested 43% of care provided by GPs, specialists and hospitals was “suboptimal”.
The findings were based on detailed analysis of medical records. But the definition of appropriate care was judged against compliance with 522 indicators based on clinical guidelines.
The methodology of the study was widely condemned. In