Patient enrolment vs usual GP care: Aussie trial suggests little difference

The RACGP president is stressing the study is not robust enough to draw firm conclusions

An Australian randomised control trial suggests patient enrolment and longer GP appointments have a limited effect on keeping patients out of hospital.

GP and patient

A voluntary patient enrolment scheme, branded MyGP, sits at the centre of the Federal Government's Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan, with reformers arguing it will allow GP practices to better tailor care to the needs of patients with chronic and complex conditions.

In the trial, 1044 patients at 20 practices from the Flinders General