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TORPEDO was a cluster-randomised controlled trial of an Australian primary healthcare quality improvement (QI) intervention called HealthTracker - CVD. The trial aimed to address barriers to improved cardiovascular disease risk management and prevention. The intervention comprised computerised decision support, audit and feedback tools, and clinical workforce training. The HealthTracker tool was an electronic decision support system which allowed health professionals to implement recommendations from proven clinical guidelines. It assessed cardiovascular risk and provided treatment advice in a clear way so that patients could understand their risks and see what actions they should be taking. The TORPEDO study took place in 40 general practices and 20 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in NSW and Queensland.

Abstract adapted from the George Institute for Global Health


Associate Professor David Peiris
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Related publications

Peiris D, Usherwood T, Panaretto K, Harris M, Hunt J, Redfern J, Zwar N, Colagiuri S, Hayman N, Lo S, Patel B, Lyford M, MacMahon S, Neal B, Sullivan D, Cass A, Jackson R, Patel A (2015)

Effect of a computer-guided, quality improvement program for cardiovascular disease risk management in primary health care.

Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes; 8(1): 87-95

Peiris D, Agaliotis M, Patel B, Patel A (2013)

Validation of a general practice audit and data extraction tool.

Australian Family Physician; 42(11): 816-819

Peiris D, Usherwood T, Panaretto K, Harris M, Hunt J, Patel B, Zwar N, Redfern J, Macmahon S, Colagiuri S, Hayman N, Patel A (2012)

The Treatment of cardiovascular Risk in Primary care using Electronic Decision supOrt (TORPEDO) study-intervention development and protocol for a cluster randomised, controlled trial of an electronic decision support and quality improvement intervention in Australian primary healthcare.

BMJ Open; 2(6): e002177

Retrieved 19 November 2012 from


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