‘… this is not our bread and butter you see. So you’re not really, unless you’re really starting to focus on it, … you’re always a bit out of your comfort zone …’
— Read on onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dar.13463
New paper with Hester Wilson and colleagues in Drug and Alcohol Review – worth a read.
Wilson, H., Schulz, M., Rodgers, C., Lintzeris, N., Hall, J., & Harris-Roxas, B. (2022). What do General Practitioners want from Specialist Alcohol and Other Drugs Services? A Qualitative Study of NSW Metropolitan GPs. Drug and Alcohol Review. https://doi.org/10.1111/dar.13463
New paper published in BMC Health Services Research with colleagues from CPHCE, SESLHD, SLHD and CESPHN:
There was no evidence to suggest that the use of [General Practice Management Plans] and/or [Team Care Arrangements] has prevented hospitalisations in the Central and Eastern Sydney region.
Source: Do general practice management and/or team care arrangements reduce avoidable hospitalisations in Central and Eastern Sydney, Australia?
…PIP QI [Practice Incentive Payment Quality Improvement] is a top-down quality improvement strategy. Funding is based on data extraction for 10 quantitative measures that are shared with the local Primary Health Networks (PHNs). The practice then must engage in a quality improvement project, with vague descriptors of qualifying activities. The secretive nature of negotiations about the content of PIP QI has excluded the medical profession and the people we are trying to treat. The 10 measures are relatively crude, including percentage of patients who smoke, patients with diabetes with recent glycated haemoglobin recording, and patient weight recordings.
These limited measures are far too narrow to assess a complex system such as general practice. Rather than driving quality improvement, the focus becomes one of coding for the purposes of data extraction.
Source: We need to talk about quality in general practice
Interesting post from members of the GPs Down Under Facebook group.
The review findings highlight a range of approaches that may positively influence interprofessional collaboration between GPs and CPS such as co‐location, co‐education to understand the professional capabilities of each group, and utilising compatible technologies to facilitate communication between the two professions.
Source: Factors influencing interprofessional collaboration between community pharmacists and general practitioners—A systematic review – Bollen – 2019 – Health & Social Care in the Community – Wiley Online Library