Juggling resources

December 2013

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Juggling resources

December 2013 Vol 42 (12) 833–912

This month's articles include resource allocation, multimorbidity, overdiagnosis, HCV treatment initiation, lymphoedema and wound management.



Christopher Harrison, Helena Britt, Graeme C Miller, Joan Henderson

‘If this…, then…’

Resource allocation in a finite world

Patrick D Byrnes, Margaret Crawford, Eleasa Sieh


Negotiating priorities and making progress

Mark F Harris, Sarah Dennis, Megan Pillay

Is the problem that everything is a diagnosis?

Jenny Doust, Paul Glasziou

Up front

Improving value in health care through practical steps

Andrew Wilson, Adam G Elshaug

Letters to the editor


ACE inhibitor angioedema

A very late presentation

Donald A Howarth

Lump in the throat

A case study

Genevieve Gabb, Nick Andrew

Post-operative wound management

Kaihan Yao, Lily Bae, Wei Ping Yew

Evaluating squints in children

Corina O’Dowd

Cutaneous indurated plaque on the abdomen associated with diabetes mellitus

Maria Salazar-Nievas, Vicente Crespo-Lora, Juan Rubio-López, Salvador Arias-Santiago

Exercise for intermittent claudication and peripheral arterial disease

Handbook of Non Drug Intervention (HANDI) Project Team


Human papillomavirus vaccine national catch-up program

Insights into under-notification

Ingrid Laemmle-Ruff, Bianca Barbaro, Julia Brotherton

Communication at the interface between hospitals and primary care

A general practice audit of hospital discharge summaries

Esther Belleli, Lucio Naccarella, Marie Pirotta

Access to treatment for breast cancer-related lymphoedema in Australia

Robyn Sierla, Deborah Black, Teresa Sze Mun Lee, Sharon Kilbreath

English literacy as a barrier to health care information for deaf people who use Auslan

Jemina Napier, Michael R Kidd

Under the watchful eye of ‘a benevolent dictator’

General practitioner and patient experiences of hepatitis C treatment initiation and shared-care in general practice

Max Hopwood, Carla Treloar

What do general practitioners think and do about prostate cancer screening in Australia?

Dragan Ilic, Kerry Murphy, Sally Green

Back pages

Clinical challenge

Book reviews


AFP Podcasts

Interviews December 2013


Professor Mark Harris discusses the increasing problem of multimorbidity and possible approaches to better managing these patients in general practice

Duration: 28 minutes 2 seconds
File size: 8MB

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Professor Jenny Doust introduces the concept of overdiagnosis and describes the various ways this is occurring in general practice and the potential harms associated

Duration: 17 minutes 10 seconds
File size: 5MB

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Resource allocation

Dr Patrick Byrnes talks about resource allocation in general practice outlining potential sources of time waste and some practical suggestions for achieving optimal outcomes for our effort

Duration: 18 minutes 41 seconds
File size: 5MB

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