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Using aggregated general practice data to evaluate primary care interventions

Michael Staff, Chris Roberts and Lynette M March
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (6): 242-243. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00528
Published online: 3 April 2017

Aggregated data extracted from computerised general practice records should be used to improve outcomes at patient, health system and population levels

A report released in 2016 by the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG), Better outcomes for people with chronic and complex health conditions, highlights the need to use aggregated general practice data to target health resources and interventions.1 The aim of any health program should be to improve outcomes at patient, health system and population levels. These outcomes should be measurable and part of a feedback loop to improve patient care.

  • Michael Staff1
  • Chris Roberts2
  • Lynette M March2,3

  • 1 Public Health Unit, Northern Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW


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