One of the largest audits ever carried out of Australian healthcare has revealed that 43% are not assisted with care in sequence with best practice or as per latest medical advice.
The landmark CareTrack study has warned that health experts are not providing the people with proper treatment, as a result they have become more susceptible to suffer severe health problems, including heart attacks or strokes.
It has been reported that the study has been carried out since the past three years by a team of researchers from universities of NSW and South Australia. They took into account the care that was provided to 1154 Australians between the years 2009 and 2010.
The study included 107 GP clinics, 51 specialist practices and 33 hospitals. Nevertheless, the researchers came across as many as 35,573 practitioners and health experts. Out of which, two-third were GPs and the remaining were specialists.
Further, they considered 22 different medical conditions, including sinus, depression etc. and then evaluated the treatment given with the standard treatment or appropriate treatment to be given in those conditions.
The researchers concluded: "57% received appropriate care, defined as evidence-based or guideline-based care. There was great variation among practitioners, with some offering appropriate care in 86 % of encounters and some in only 32 %".