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Integrating and sustaining use of health information technology (IT) systems for alcohol screening and intervention by Indigenous health practitioners

 

Overview

This project aimed 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 were 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 were 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 was 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 was funded by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Abstract adapted from National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Contacts

Stacey Meredith
Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service
Email: smeredith@griffithams.org.au

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052
Ph: (02) 9385 0333
Fax: (02) 9385 0222
Email: ndarc@unsw.edu.au

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Last updated: 2 October 2013
 
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