Surgical procedures done by general practitioners with specialty interests

Added May 5, 2020

Citation: Taneja A, Singh PP, Tan JP, et al. Efficacy of general practitioners with specialty interests for surgical procedures. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2015; 85(5): 344-8

What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on healthcare services. Existing research on general practitioners performing surgical procedures may provide information to help policy makers with this.

In this systematic review, the authors searched for studies evaluating the outcomes of general practitioners with specialty interests doing surgical procedures. They restricted their search to articles published in English between 1980 and April 2013. They included six studies, which evaluated general practitioners with specialty interests doing surgical excision of skin lesions (3 studies), hernia repairs (2) and skin excisions (1). The studies were from Australia (1 study), New Zealand (1) and UK (4).

What was found: General practitioners with specialty interests may provide an acceptable standard of care for surgical procedures in the primary care setting, but do not appear to save money.

General practitioners with specialty interests provide an alternative workforce for some surgical procedures and would improve access to care for patients.


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