Background 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
Objective To investigate the extent to which Victorian GPN are ‘ready’ to
manage clinical data from general practice for reporting under the
Results 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.
Conclusion 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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