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Table 3 Third iteration; Delphi consensus on illustrative lists of core primary health care services

From: What core primary health care services should be available to Australians living in rural and remote communities?

Core Primary Health Care Services Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree Total Strong consensus1 Moderate consensus2
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n n (%) n (%)
Care of the Sick and Injured         
24 hour care including evacuation and emergency care 25 (89.3) 3 (10.7) 0 0 0 28 28 (100.0)  
Treatment of injury and poisoning 25 (89.3) 3 (10.7) 0 0 0 28 28 (100.0)  
Pathology 11 (39.3) 13 (46.4) 4 (14.3) 0 0 28 24 (85.7)  
Radiology 11 (39.3) 11 (39.3) 6 (21.4) 0 0 28   22 (78.6)
Provision of essential drugs 24 (85.7) 4 (14.3) 0 0 0 28 28 (100.0)  
Patient advocacy 20 (71.4) 3 (10.7) 5 (17.9) 0 0 28 23 (82.1)  
Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well Being         
Counselling 20 (71.4) 6 (21.4) 0 2 (7.1) 0 28 26 (92.9)  
Drug and alcohol treatment 15 (53.6) 13 (46.4) 0 0 0 28 28 (100.0)  
Maternal and Child Health         
Ante/post natal care 23 (82.1) 5 (17.9) 0 0 0 28 28 (100.0)  
Child development checks 20 (71.4) 7 (25.0) 1 (3.6) 0 0 28 27 (96.4)  
Immunisation 25 (89.3) 3 (10.7) 0 0 0 28 28 (100.0)  
Allied Health Services         
Audiology 12 (42.9) 11 (39.3) 3 (10.7) 2 (7.1) 0 28 23 (82.1)  
Dietetics 10 (35.7) 12 (42.9) 4 (14.3) 2 (7.1) 0 28   22 (78.6)
Occupational therapy 8 (28.6) 16 (57.1) 4 (14.3) 0 0 28 24 (85.7)  
Optometry 15 (53.6) 11 (39.3) 2 (7.1) 0 0 28 26 (92.9)  
Physiotherapy 17 (60.7) 9 (32.1) 1 (3.6) 1 (3.6) 0 28 26 (92.9)  
Podiatry 15 (53.6) 6 (21.4) 7 (25.0) 0 0 28   21 (75.0)
Psychology 17 (60.7) 8 (28.6) 2 (7.1) 1 (3.6) 0 28 25 (89.3)  
Counselling/social work/family violence 20 (71.4) 7 (25.0) 1 (3.6) 0 0 28 27 (96.4)  
Speech pathology 11 (39.3) 11 (39.3) 6 (21.4) 0 0 28   22 (78.6)
Aged care and disability services 18 (64.3) 9 (32.1) 1 (3.6) 0 0 28 27 (96.4)  
Palliative care 17 (60.7) 9 (32.1) 2 (7.1) 0 0 28 26 (92.9)  
Sexual and Reproductive Health         
Sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses 18 (64.3) 9 (32.1) 1 (3.6) 0 0 28 27 (96.4)  
Family planning 22 (78.6) 5 (17.9) 1 (3.6) 0 0 28 27 (96.4)  
Rehabilitation         
After trauma 14 (50.0) 11 (39.3) 3 (10.7) 0 0 28 25 (89.3)  
Post-CVA (stroke) 14 (50.0) 11 (39.3) 3 (10.7) 0 0 28 25 (89.3)  
Alcohol and other drug rehabilitation 13 (46.4) 12 (42.9) 3 (10.7) 0 0 28 25 (89.3)  
Public Health/Illness Prevention         
Immunisation 26 (92.9) 2 (7.1) 0 0 0 28 28 (100.0)  
Communicable disease control 23 (82.1) 4 (14.3) 1 (3.6) 0 0 28 27 (96.4)  
Targeted population/health promotional programs 19 (67.9) 7 (25.0) 2 (7.1) 0 0 28 26 (92.9)  
Screening programs 21 (75.0) 7 (25.0) 0 0 0 28 28 (100.0)  
Youth programs 17 (60.7) 8 (28.6) 2 (7.1) 1 (3.6) 0 28 25 (89.3)  
Well men’s and women’s services 18 (64.3) 5 (17.9) 4 (14.3) 1 (3.6) 0 28 23 (82.1)  
Advocacy 15 (53.6) 9 (32.1) 4 (14.3) 0 0 28 24 (85.7)  
  1. 1≥ 80% ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ indicates a strong consensus.
  2. 260-79% ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ indicates a moderate consensus.
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