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Activity description

149358 - INTEGRATE Study (An integrated general practice and pharmacy-based intervention to promote the prescription and use of appropriate preventive medications among individuals at high cardiovascular risk)

The George Institute for Global Health, Australia

The INTEGRATE study aims to test the hypothesis that combining three evidence-based tools will increase the prescription and use of guideline-based medications, leading to improvements in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors. The overall aim of this activity is therefore to · improve screening and management of cardiovascular disease in primary care.

Relevance to General Practice

Chronic cardiovascular disease (CVD) was present in approximately 3.5 million Australians in 2007-2008, accounted for 34% of premature deaths in 2008 and was estimated to cost 5.9 billion dollars in 2004-2005. Evidence shows that there continues to be a significant treatment gap in CVD risk assessment, the prescription and use of CVD preventive medications. Therefore, this study aims to combine a GP focus of improving risk assessment and guideline-based prescribing with HealthTracker tool, and promote medication adherence through both the polypill strategy and pharmacy-based adherence support program.

Learning outcomes

  1. To identify and overcome gaps in appropriate screening of people for cardiovascular risk.
  2. To identify and overcome gaps in adherence to best practice guidelines for the management of people identified at high cardiovascular risk.
  3. To identify barriers and enablers to the utilisation of secure electronic communication platforms to partner pharmacists to aid inter-professional collaboration
  4. GPs to implement a quality improvement approach to systems of care at their own general practices.

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Reflection and self-appraisal are undertaken regularly

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Quality and safety is enhanced through the effective use of information systems

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • General practice research

Partnering organisations

University of NSW, University of Sydney, Curtin University, Monash University, University of Notre Dame,

Activity sponsor

QI activity

Session summary


Sunday 1 Jan 2017 12:00am - Tuesday 31 Dec 2019 12:00am

This activity is readily available at any time


The George Institute






All attendees welcome

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Ajay Karia
T: 0479037424