General practitioners (50+ years)

General practitioner (GP) indicators

There were no significant differences between older Māori and non-Māori in reporting having seen a GP in the last 12 months, or in unmet need for a GP in the last 12 months.

How to interpret results – tables

Table 35: General practitioner (GP) indicators, Māori and non-Māori, by gender, 2006/07
  Males Females
  50–64 years 65+ years 50–64 years 65+ years
Indicator Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori
Seen a GP in the last 12 months (self-reported), 2006/07, percent 87.0
(81.5–92.5)
85.8
(83.5–88.1)
95.2
(91.8–98.6)
94.2
(92.4–96.0)
82.1
(76.7–87.5)
84.9
(82.0–87.7)
94.4
(90.6–98.2)
95.4
(94.2–96.6)
Unmet need for GP in last 12 months, for any reason (self-reported), 2006/07, percent 5.4
(2.3–10.8)
2.9
(1.8–4.1)
1.3
(0.2–3.9)
2.0
(1.1–3.3)
11.8
(7.0–18.2)
5.5
(4.0–6.9)
6.7
(2.8–12.9)
2.2
(1.4–3.0)

Source: 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey, Ministry of Health

Notes:
Age standardised to the 2001 Census total Māori population.
Prioritised ethnicity has been used – see Ngā Tapuae me ngā Raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.

Reason for last visit to GP

Table 36 presents the self-reported reasons for last visit to a GP. The most common reasons for visiting a GP were routine check-up, long-term illness and short-term illness. Māori females aged 65+ years were less likely than non-Māori females of the same age to visit a GP for a long-term illness (RR 0.74, CI 0.53–0.96). Māori females aged 50–64 years were significantly less likely to visit their GP for a vaccination compared with non-Māori females in the same age group (RR 0.19, CI 0.00–0.40).

How to interpret results – tables

Table 36: Reason for last visit to GP, Māori and non-Māori, by gender, 2006/07
  Males Females
  50–64 years 65+ years 50–64 years 65+ years
Indicator Māori non-Maori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori
Routine check-up or advice (self-reported), 2006/07, percent 44.5
(36.1–53.0)
39.5
(35.7–43.4)
35.6
(24.7–46.5)
44.6
(40.6–48.7)
37.5
(28.9–46.1)
34.1
(30.7–37.5)
41.4
(30.5–52.2)
43.7
(40.7–46.8)
Long-term illness (self-reported), 2006/07, percent 36.2
(26.0–46.4)
27.0
(23.4–30.5)
47.5
(35.9–59.1)
34.8
(31.2–38.5)
25.3
(18.4–32.2)
29.2
(26.0–32.4)
28.7
(20.7–36.7)
38.5
(35.0–42.0)
Short-term illness (self-reported), 2006/07, percent 24.2
(14.9–33.6)
28.6
(24.5–32.6)
25.2
(15.2–37.6)
20.8
(18.1–23.6)
38.2
(29.8–46.6)
33.8
(30.4–37.3)
29.1
(19.4–38.9)
20.7
(17.6–23.7)
Injury or poisoning (self-reported), 2006/07, percent 6.2
(3.2–10.6)
10.8
(8.3–13.4)
0.2
(0.0–1.8)
5.7
(3.9–7.5)
6.2
(3.6–9.9)
5.8
(4.2–7.4)
4.7
(1.1–12.2)
4.8
(3.4–6.2)
Vaccination (self-reported), 2006/07, percent 4.6
(1.2–11.5)
3.2
(2.0–4.9)
2.9
(0.4–9.5)
4.5
(2.8–6.3)
0.7
(0.2–2.0)
3.7
(2.3–5.1)
2.5
(0.8–5.6)
3.8
(2.4–5.3)
Mental Health (self-reported), 2006/07, percent 3.7
(0.8–10.2)
2.6
(1.6–4.0)
0.6
(0.2–1.4)
0.6
(0.1–1.6)
3.5
(2.2–4.9)
0.6
(0.2–1.3)

Source: 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey, Ministry of Health

Notes:
Age standardised to the 2001 Census total Māori population.
Prioritised ethnicity has been used – see Ngā Tapuae me ngā Raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.
A dash (−) indicates that the data were unavailable due to low counts.

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