Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 38, Issue 12, December 2009

Are general practice networks ‘ready’ for clinical data management?

Jill Kelly Peter Schattner Jane Sims
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Australian general practice networks (GPN) are required to report on national performance indicators under the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing’s National Quality Performance System (NQPS).
To investigate the extent to which Victorian GPN are ‘ready’ to manage clinical data from general practice for reporting under the NQPS.
Australian Primary Care Collaborative experienced DGP have developed the range of skills and knowledge to undertake clinical data management for quality improvement and NQPS reporting. Trust by local general practices for the provision of clinical data has been developed through the demonstration of benefits to practices and improved patient health. General practice networks without Australian Primary Care Collaborative experience have a range of concerns about clinical data management for NQPS reporting, such as gaining cooperation from their practices, handling privacy issues and finding appropriately skilled staff.
Victorian GPN involved in the Australian Primary Care Collaborative appear more ‘ready’ than GPN without this experience to undertake clinical data management for reporting purposes on the national performance indicators under the NQPS.

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