Study to examine health care coordination

Nearly 125,000 Australians are about to receive an invitation to join a health care study that for the first time will show how well patients’ health care is being coordinated in local areas across Australia.

Commissioned by the National Health Performance Authority, the 2016 Survey of Health Care is part of a broader new Coordination of Health Care Study which will examine coordination and continuity of health care by local area. This is designed to provide the most accurate picture of local-level information to date.

Results are expected to show the degree to which better coordination of care is linked to better use of GPs and specialists, medical tests and images, hospitals and medications in Australia.

This new information is expected to help health professionals better understand ways to coordinate care and keep people healthy and out of emergency departments and hospital. Currently, there is limited national information about patients’ experiences of care coordination across Australia.

The Survey is expected to have one of the largest samples for a patient experience survey in Australia. Results will be available for each of the 31 Primary Health Network areas that cover the whole of Australia.

Performance Authority CEO Dr Diane Watson encouraged Australians to complete the survey if they receive it in the mail.

The study comes at a pivotal time for millions of chronically ill Australians, the Consumers Health Forum says.

“We know that coordinated and integrated care for people with multiple chronic conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer canmake a huge difference to consumers and to the health budget in keeping people out of hospital,” says spokesperson Mark Metherell.
“With 20% of Australians living with two or more chronic conditions, and an ageing population, it is  more important than ever that we have a health system that delivers the right mix of care services.”


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