Primary care in advanced age: Findings from LiLACS NZ

Published online: 
13 October 2015
Primary care in advanced age.


Primary care in advanced age: Findings from LiLACS NZ presents key findings about primary health care for Māori (aged 80–90 years) and non-Māori (aged 85 years).

The findings are from a population-based sample of people in advanced age living in the Bay of Plenty, who are taking part in a longitudinal study of advanced ageing, called Life and Living in Advanced Age: a Cohort Study in New Zealand – Te Puā waitanga O Ngā Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu (LiLACS NZ).

The report is available on the LiLACS NZ publications website.

Overview of key findings

  • Nearly all people in advanced age (98%) saw a GP in the last 12 months and 87% of people visited a pharmacist.
  • Māori were less likely than non-Māori to report that the doctor was excellent or very good at putting them at ease during their physical examination
  • People who lived in the most socioeconomically deprived areas were more likely to visit the GP (99%) compared with those in the least deprived areas (96%).
  • People in the most deprived areas (54%) were more likely to visit an optometrist compared with people in the least deprived areas (44%).

This information will assist the health sector, especially health policy analysts, planners and health care providers from district health boards, primary health organisations and Māori health providers to plan and deliver effective services to people in advanced age. 

For more information

Information about the LiLACS NZ study can be found at LiLACS NZ research programme.

Further information about findings in this report and LiLACS NZ are on the LiLACS NZ website.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    13 October 2015
  • Citation:
    Kerse N, LiLACS NZ. 2015. Primary care in advanced age: Findings from LiLACS NZ. Auckland. School of Population Health, The University of Auckland.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Third-party content. Please check the document or email the Web Manager to find out how to obtain permission to re-use content.

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