To describe selected characteristics of patients consulting general/family practitioners in the Western Cape.
A cross-sectional survey design was employed in which doctors completed a structured questionnaire during or immediately after each consultation.
Data were collected by family practitioners in private practice who were affiliated to the South African Sentinel Practitioner Research Network (SASPREN).
All patients who had a face-to-face encounter with the doctor at his/her surgery.
A total of 2 473 such encounters was included.
Age, sex, race, method of payment and smoking status.
Females outnumbered males in all race groups except blacks, where they comprised 48% of patients.
Most patients were under the age of 14 years (23.3%) or between 25 and 44 years (33.3%). However, after the demography of the catchment population was taken into account, the highest utilisation of general practitioner services was found to be at extremes of age.
This utilisation pattern was demonstrated in both sexes and all races.
In relation to their distribution in the population, whites and Indians are over-represented in private practice while blacks and coloureds are under-represented.
The bulk of patients (67%) pay for general practitioner services via some form of insurance (medical aid or benefit fund), but significant differences exist across race groups.
In the case of blacks and Indians, the ...
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin, Santé, Surveillance, Consultation, Médecin généraliste, Prévalence, Tabagisme, Epidémiologie, Homme, République Sud Africaine, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Care, Health, Surveillance, Consultation, General practitioner, Prevalence, Tobacco smoking, Epidemiology, Human, South Africa, Africa
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Cote : 96-0214506
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 199608.