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Recorded: 16 Sep 2021


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Quality improvement: What has it got to do with GP research?

On-demand recorded 16 Sep 2021

General practice Quality Improvement (QI) activities are designed to evaluate and/or improve healthcare. QI is also called ‘practice improvement’, ‘plan-do-study-act’ cycles, ‘evaluation’ and ‘quality assurance’. Its activities comprise a range of internal practice/organisational exercises, including clinical audits and patient surveys through to activities that meet criteria to be published as peer-reviewed research outcomes. QI research is often undertaken by the clinician-researcher. Publishing QI activities as research assists in sharing what is learnt as authors critically analyse the care delivered by single practitioners, teams of practitioners, and/or by systems of care within practices/organisations

This webinar will explore practical examples what QI is, and its relevance to general practice research. This webinar will consider the ethical requirements of research and outline some triggers for seeking an ethical review of your QI or evaluation activity. It will also introduce the SQUIRE guidelines that assist likelihood of attracting publication of your research

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify examples of what might constitute quality improvement (QI) research
  2. Identify the ethical requirements and the triggers for an ethics review when undertaking QI activities internal practice evaluation, an audit or a more complex activity with the possibility of publication.
  3. Recognize the Standards for Quality Improvement and Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE) guidelines recommended to enhance likelihood of publication of your QI study
This event attracts 2 CPD points

This event attracts 2 CPD points

This event is part of GP research webinar series 2020-2022. Events in this series are:


A/Prof Jan Radford
Associate Professor in General Practice, Launceston Clinical School, University of Tasmania

Jan Radford has practised as a general medical practitioner since 1986. She is Associate Professor in General Practice at the University of Tasmania overseeing medical student learning and teaching at the Launceston Clinical School especially in general practice. She has also established and leads a general practice-based research network in the north of Tasmania. Jan has almost completed a PhD. Jan has a research interest in clinical projects using large collated electronic health record datasets. She has led a project in the area of chronic kidney disease and collaborated with others in the area of atrial fibrillation. Other areas of interest are familial hypercholesterolaemia, interventions to improve the quality of general practice care, and interventions aimed at members of the community who shy away from preventative health care. In 2017 she obtained a Churchill Scholarship travelling to England, Scotland and the Netherlands to investigate the research use of general practice electronic datasets. Jan has been a member of the NPS MedicineWise data governance board since 2018. Since 2019 she has also been an associate editor of the Australian Journal of Rural Health.

A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis

A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis is an academic general practitioner (GP) at the Department of General Practice, Melbourne Medical School. She leads the Data driven quality improvement theme, undertaking innovative research into the use of technology to inform decision making in general practice, and the use of data to describe and optimise general-practice activity, with a focus on antimicrobial stewardship and chronic disease management. She is the Chair, RACGP Expert Committee - Research and sits on a number of Committees including the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and the Melbourne Medical School Research and Research Training Committee. She is passionate about increasing opportunities for general practitioners to lead and participate in research and is Associate Director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) Track, providing academic pathways for aspiring clinician researchers.

Professor Tom Brett

Professor Tom Brett is a practicing GP as well as Director, General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Unit at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle. Since 2006, I have overseen the establishment of the Research Unit with a key focus on building research capacity amongst GPs, Practice Nurses (PNs) and other health professionals. Hands-on research experience is offered to interested GPs and PNs with over a dozen research practices to date actively collaborating on a variety of research projects. My research interests include building research capacity in primary care, the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, multimorbidity and familial hypercholesterolaemia. I am currently Chief Investigator on NHMRC Partnership Grant study to “Increase the detection and management of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia in primary care”. The study involves 43 collaborators including 15 general practices across 5 Australian states. A key area of my current research involvement has been in collaboration with Prof Gerald Watts, Cardio-metabolic Unit, Royal Perth Hospital to develop and trial innovative and sustainable models of care to improve the detection and management of FH in primary care and help reduce expensive hospital admissions.

Kathryn Randall

Kathryn Randall is the CPD Program Coordinator with RACGP Tasmania. She is responsible for facilitating and adjudicating CPD opportunities for RACGP members.

Gail Roberts
RACGP Research and Ethics Senior Project Officer

Gail Roberts is the RACGP Research and Ethics Senior Project Officer and coordinates the RACGP Ethics Committee (NREEC). Gail has worked as a tertiary health and legal researcher, tertiary educator, research consultant, as well as a senior health policy advisor to the Victorian state and Commonwealth governments. She was also a Divisions Consultant with the Victorian state-based organisation, (then) GPDV, and the inaugural Victorian PHCRED Partnership State Coordinator.


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