Limited studies at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic found GPs have been negatively affected by increased workload, reduced income and major concerns about staff and patient safety. This study aimed to investigate the challenges of COVID-19 in general practice 1 year since it was [...]
Refugees and asylum seekers arrive in the Australian community with complex health needs and expectations of healthcare systems formed from elsewhere. Navigating the primary healthcare system can be challenging with communication and language barriers. In multicultural societies, this obstacle may be removed by accessing language-concordant [...]
This pilot randomized clinical trial including 100 patients found that patient-led surveillance was safe, feasible, and acceptable. Despite limited statistical power to detect effects on secondary outcomes, the intervention appears to improve skin self-examination practice and detection of subsequent new primary melanomas.
Most subsequent new primary or recurrent melanomas might be self-detected if patients are trained to systematically self-examine their skin and have access to timely medical review (patient-led surveillance). Routinely scheduled clinic visits (clinician-led surveillance) is resource-intensive and has not been shown to improve health outcomes; [...]
Whilst some of the diversity in management of women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) may be explained by tumour characteristics, the role of patient preference and the factors underlying those preferences have been less frequently examined. We have used a descriptive qualitative study to [...]
Prior to the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine and when case numbers were low, our longitudinal survey with Australian adults showed that 85·8% (3741 of 4362) were willing to be vaccinated in April, 2020, and 89·8% (1144 of 1274) in July, 2020. Younger adults perceived themselves [...]
Pregnant and breastfeeding women's use of complementary medicine products (CMPs) is common, and possibly associated with autonomous health care behaviours. However, the health literacy levels and health locus of control beliefs of women who use CMPs in pregnancy and lactation have not been previously assessed [...]
There is moderate quality evidence that exercise can help prevent future low back pain (LBP). This study aimed to explore patient needs and preferences for exercise programs to prevent LBP, and the outcomes of these programs that would be most important to a patient.
Decisions for older adults (aged ≥65 years) and their clinicians about whether to continue to screen for cancer are not easy. Many older adults who are frail or have limited life expectancy or comorbidities continue to be screened for cancer despite guidelines suggesting they should [...]
This study aimed to examine the effect of a HPV vaccination education and logistical intervention on adolescent psychosocial outcomes. Delivery of vaccination to adolescents via a school-based program provides an opportunity to promote their involvement in health decision-making, service provision, and self-efficacy (belief in one’s [...]