Experiences of Victorian GPs in referring patients for hearing care

  11 December 2023  University of Melbourne   |   Third party content – view disclaimer

The University of Melbourne’s Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, in conjunction with the Department of General Practice and Primary Care, is conducting a study investigating barriers and enablers to GP referrals to hearing care for older patients in Victoria.

Age-related hearing loss occurs in approximately one third of patients over the age of 50 and is associated with significant impacts to health and quality of life.

Timely diagnosis and rehabilitation has the potential to mitigate many of these negative health outcomes. Discussing hearing health with patients could significantly increase the number of older adults who receive appropriate hearing rehabilitation, thereby improving the maintenance of function and overall quality of life as patients age.

We want to understand the barriers and enablers to referral to hearing care for GPs in clinical practice. To do this, we are currently recruiting GPs to participate in a 1.5-hour focus group session which will take place online in late February 2024. There will be several date and time options available for these focus groups, including after hours.

This focus group will be an RACGP accredited CPD activity, and all participants will receive a $225 pre-paid Mastercard as a thank you for participating.

Register your interest here: melbourneuni.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dguNOD9hBW3JZxs

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