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Research into practice: development of an NT CQI Framework



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11 November 2010

Researchers at MSHR have been engaged in quality improvement research in primary health care for over 10 years. Research findings from the evaluation of the Coordinated Care trials were integrated into development of clinical information systems, revision of clinical guidelines and development of a new program of research, Audit and Best Practice in Chronic Disease (ABCD). This action research worked initially with 12 Top End services, then expanded to include over 100 services nationally. In the NT, primary health care (PHC) services have been active participants in this research, and have demonstrated significant improvements in the delivery and quality of care. The PHC sector in the NT has also embraced a number of other quality initiatives. This strong engagement of both managers and health service staff, and the research findings from ABCD, was critical in obtaining support from the NT Aboriginal Health Forum to establish a structured approach to CQI across the whole Aboriginal PHC sector. This talk will provide an overview of key learnings from the CQI research and the new approach that has been funded to support ongoing CQI in PHC services.

Dr Christine Connors,
Program Leader Chronic Conditions Strategy Unit DHF
Chair NT CQI Planning Committee