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Recent research shows that practitioners make less than optimal use of locally available health IT systems to deliver alcohol screening and intervention in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) settings.
This project aims to evaluate two evidence-based approaches for improving Indigenous front line health practitioners' utilisation of health IT systems for alcohol screening and intervention in Aboriginal Primary Health Care. The two approaches used in the project are feedback and support, with the method being the auditing of alcohol screening and intervention in health information systems at three monthly intervals. Feedback of audit findings will be delivered to healthcare practitioners and support given to increase their utilisation of health IT systems.
An initial audit and feedback of alcohol screening and intervention has already been conducted in participating ACCHSs, and a clinical audit tool to conduct ongoing cycles of audit and feedback has been identified for implementation in each ACCHS.
The project is funded by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.
Abstract adapted from National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052
Ph: (02) 9385 0333
Fax: (02) 9385 0222