Study: Barriers and enablers to GP referral to hearing care

  1 November 2023  Ann-Maree Duncan, The 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.

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 complete an online questionnaire (approx. 5-10 minutes). A $75 pre-paid MasterCard will be provided to those who complete the questionnaire.

You can complete the survey here.

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Disclaimer: This article was provided by Ann-Maree Duncan, The University of Melbourne. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network does not warrant or represent the accuracy, currency and completeness of any information or material included within.