Background In contrast to generally high childhood immunisation coverage
rates across Australia, general practices in central Sydney (New
South Wales) have a below average coverage rate. To address this,
Central Sydney GP Network undertook a project that involved visiting
practices with less than 90% coverage and provided guidance and
support to increase coverage.
Discussion Many practice related coverage and reporting issues were identified;
the majority are modifiable and thus practices can be targeted to
improve coverage. However, some patient related issues are complex
and not easily addressed.
Results Quantitative analysis showed that rates for a number of practices
with initial coverage between 80–90% increased to more than 90%
during the intervention. The qualitative component highlighted patient
and practice related issues around coverage and reporting.
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