Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 40, Issue 8, August 2011

Data extraction and feedback Does this lead to change in patient care?

Mary Saunders Leslie Stanger Michele Speak Kate Russo Peter Schattner
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Computers enable general practitioners to collate clinical data within their practices. The improvements that this can make to clinical care remain the subject of enquiry.
Does the analysis of clinical data for the purpose of instigating quality improvement strategies in general practice, with support from a local division of general practice, lead to positive changes in measures of care after 12 months?
This study demonstrated that, in this setting, the collection and analysis of clinical data, with support from a division of general practice, led to modest increases in the recording of information rather than improvements in clinical outcomes.

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