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GP Consultations / Practice Team Information (PTI) Statistics

Latest Publications

Published: 29 October 2013
Practice Team Information (PTI)
Publication Summary Download pdf file [92kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [553kb]

ISD collects information about GP consultations from a sample of 6% of practices through the Practice Team Information (PTI) programme. Practices submit monthly data about face-to-face consultations between patients and a GP or practice-employed nurse. This data is used to compile estimates for Scotland.

Currently there are around 60 practices participating in PTI in Scotland and these are broadly representative of the Scottish population in terms of age, gender, deprivation and urban/rural mix. More information on definitions, the background to PTI, how the information is collected and analysed, and the coding used, can be found in the More on PTI section below.

ISD publishes the following information about GP consultations:

  • Numbers of people consulting their GP or practice nurse
  • Most common conditions seen by GP practices
  • Detailed information about consultations for a range of specific health conditions, e.g. asthma.

Note: PTI estimates of the rate of patients consulting reflect service use and should not be regarded as identical to the population prevalence. PTI measures active problems; a lifelong or previous condition will not be recorded unless the patient had a contact with the practice that was relating to that condition.

As of September 2013, PTI data is no longer collected. 2012/13 is the last year for which ISD will be able to publish annual PTI data.

A new national GP information system known as the Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE) is in development which will supersede and build on the data collected for PTI. SPIRE aims to include richer data from a greater number of practices and will help to inform public health surveillance, research and data linkage. Further benefits will see the creation of a mechanism to feedback data analysis to practices and an improved data extraction process.

For more information on SPIRE please refer to the following website:

How often do people in Scotland consult their GP practice and why?

To read a summary of our latest statistics please follow the links on the right to the publication reports.

To see all our latest tables and charts follow the links below.

GP consultations for breast symptoms (data to November 2012)

Estimates for Scotland

Total number of consultations (divided by staff discipline):

Estimates for ScotlandDownload Excel file [44kb]
Individual practicesDownload Excel file [248kb]

Reasons for consulting the GP practice:

Top 10 most common conditions seenDownload Excel file [600kb]
Top 10 most common conditions by age and genderDownload Excel file [166kb]
Top 10 most common activities carried out by practice nursesDownload Excel file [505kb]

The effect of demographics:

Overall contact rates by age & genderDownload Excel file [327kb]
Population pyramid of patients consulting and patients registeredDownload Excel file [50kb]
Impact of age and deprivationDownload Excel file [190kb]

Percentage of practice patients seen:

By staff disciplineDownload Excel file [39kb]
Impact of inclusion of more staff disciplines on patient counts

PTI and the Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF)

Patient consultations for QOF conditions as proportion of overall contactsDownload Excel file [42kb]


CHD - Diabetes - HypertensionDownload Excel file [44kb]

Specific health conditions

Below is a list of tables relating to specific health conditions for which patients can consult general practice clinicians. Click on the link for more information.

Back pain
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Eating disorders
Multiple sclerosis
Stroke and TIA (Transient Ischaemic Attack)

More on PTI

What is PTI?
How is the information collected?
Uses and limitations of the data
Statistical notes
Note of revisions to published statistics
Grouping clinical codes for condition-specific analysis (RCGs)
How PTI information complements QOF data
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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