Prevention and Management of Long Term Conditions
Description and Aims
This stream is a response to the challenge of long term conditions to health and health care services. These conditions include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease, cancer and mental illness. They commonly occur as multi-morbidities. The aim is conduct research in the community which informs improvement in health care and programs which aim to prevent and manage these conditions.
Key Current Research Areas
The program focuses on improving interventions to address the behavioural risk factors (especially Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical activity) as well as physiological risk factors such as obesity and cardiovascular risk in primary health care. This uses the 5As framework (ask/assess, advise, agree and assist, arrange), approaches tailored to health literacy levels and use of wearable technology and social media.
This program focuses on a patient centred approach based on the Chronic Care model and includes teamwork, information and communication systems (including e-health), self-management support and community resources. This is the focus of work on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, COPD, cancer, mental illness and multi-morbidity.
This research is conducted in partnership with primary health networks and local health districts along with other groups including Aboriginal Health organisations.
Mark Harris leads the stream.
Putting Prevention into Practice – Developing a theoretical model to help understand the lifestyle risk factor management practices of primary health care clinicians (NHMRC PhD scholarship)
This PhD study used a mixed methods design to develop a theoretical model of the factors influencing the risk factor management practices of PHC clinicians, using data collected as part of the feasibility study of risk factor management in community health.
Referral pathways in colorectal cancer: general practitioners’ patterns of referral and factors that influence referral
This project will examine current patterns of referral of patients diagnosed with CRC to specialist services.
During 2007-2008, AGDHA has funded ten Divisions of General Practice to participate in the Lifescripts Demonstration Divisions project. The participating Divisions will each implement different models of Lifescripts with a minimum of five practices. This study uses a mixed method approach to develop typologies and identify factors which acted as facilitators and barriers.
Take up of Chronic Disease items has been patchy. This paper attempts to show why from a practice perspective.
Scoping paper on evidence based interventions for diabetes mapped against national policies and programs
This study aims to identify evidence based interventions in diabetes prevention, detection, management and consumer support.