GPs still frustrated by hospital barriers in co-morbid care

AUSTRALIA’S urban GPs believe there’s insufficient coordination of care between themselves and tertiary hospitals when managing patients with comorbid diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

A survey in Melbourne and Sydney has found half of GPs believe patients face difficulties as a result, and a similar proportion say there’s unnecessary duplication of medical tests.

Researchers seeking to identify health service barriers for patients with comorbid type 2 diabetes and CKD ran focus groups for 22 GPs who referred to the Alfred and Monash health centres in Melbourne or